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Stand: For every teacher I ever had...or hadn't

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    Stand – hakim bellamy

    You stand
    Somewhere between
    Who they are
    And what they could be

    Not an obstacle

    Quite the contrary
    But they can’t tell

    Their only hint
    Is the way you stand

    You appear ready to fight
    And dammit if sometimes…

    They do not know it is for them

    You are hands down
    While they are hands up
    In front of you

    You take their best shot
    And every morrow
    Come back for more
    Please

    You are the space between
    The end of every question
    And good manners

    Between a demand
    And a smile

    Between please and thank you

    Between boredom
    And the bathroom

    Between bathroom and sh…
    ‘tuff we let pass for education in this country

    You stand between pass
    And fail

    Between pass
    And learn

    Between pass
    And future

    You stood between Dr. Maya Angelou
    And her degree

    Her traumatic muteness at 8
    And her ability to speak at 13

    Between Anne Sullivan
    And Helen Keller’s ability to speak what she sees

    You stand between every single student
    And their “Story of Me”

    Stood with Mary Duncan in Nashville, Tennessee

    Between a 4th grade Oprah Winfrey
    And THE Oprah

    And in 1989 you stood on her show
    As she said thank you

    I thank you

    For standing between the spike
    And the punch bowl

    Between the wallflower
    And the wall

    Between the two kids
    Getting a little too Lambada on the dance floor

    Between the black board
    And the clean slate

    Between a paycheck
    And a living

    Between social promotion
    And social skills

    Between high stakes testing
    And a high stakes life

    You stand
    With a backpack

    More camouflage
    Than campus

    Always at attention
    Even in a room full of pupils that lack it

    You are a frontline
    Of lessonplans waving sayonara from flagpoles
    At half mast

    You are marching orders
    That have accepted
    to stand

    Between our angels
    And the gunmen who have come
    To give them wings

    Between neck
    And bedroom closet

    Between bully
    And believer

    You stand between a sensible work week
    And beyond the call of duty

    Between the drugs
    And our children’s self-esteem

    Between banned books
    And burnt out

    And sometimes…
    Between the bar
    And the weekend you desperately needed

    Like two days ago, already!

    You are a Monday through Friday
    Stand in parent for ME
    And for every moment you surrogate life
    I am away on my knees
    Begging for you
    And my child
    To succeed

    For as long
    As you’ve been on your feet for me
    I will stand for you.

    © Hakim Bellamy December 31st, 2012

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