Winter Carnival 2016


Lightsabers, plastic

And bright, swipe

Through the corridors

Of this institution of learning.


Some wielders wear white –

A rebel alliance – unfettered

As of yesterday; and,

Others, black.


Their alliance to the Empire

Clear. Droids beep

And bleep and spin

And roll and distract


My students from their

Lessons. Youtube

Taught me how to style

An artistic rendering

Of Rey with my hair,


And my flowing white

Shirt and boots

Help me to lead

The Alliance,


As we learn after

Hard fought battles,

Scars and lacerations,

We’ve won the intergalactic



This is Poem #23 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.

For those of you familiar with the battle being fought on the figurative front at the time this poem was written, I’d also included the following parenthetical at the end:

(Take off your white sweater, Blonde Bitch!)

I appreciate your feedback as these poems are not “finished,” and I intend to go back into many of them in the future.