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My friend’s a teacher
She often goes in on weekends
to prepare the classroom for Monday
I’ve been with her
when she spends her own money
on books and supplies for the kids
I put the bumper sticker she gave me
that begged voters
to support the school bond initiative
on my car
The school bond passed
but the teachers have been told
they won’t get a cost of living raise
It’s May and she is planning
her art classes for private students
so the mortgage gets paid
in the summer months
The other day at dinner
she told me
that one little girl in her class
a selective mute
who hasn’t said a word all year
whispered in her ear


Copyright 2005 Arlyn Serber