Day 15: Silent Things

Tomorrow is my first last day of classes

everyone else is starting to feel sad

I think I’ll miss the silent things the most

the tiled sidewalks

the wide avenue lined with benches

the quiet splash of the fountains

and the old buildings with flowers overflowing from the windowsills

Day 14: Homographs

I’ve never thought much about homographs

they’re normal in English

but now that I teach, I see why they’re so difficult

you can live in France, watch Notre Dame burn live

walk through the entrance at school, or entrance a class with PB&J’s

identify the subject, or subject your students to torture by homographs

Day 13: Petites choses

It’s the little things that matter

the dark cabinet full of old books

the way a child leaps into a puddle without hesitation

the buses that are never on time, but always arrive

the cars who stop for you when you’re not at a crosswalk

the woman who’s nice to you at the bakery, even if you don’t know her name

the coworker who makes you feel at home

Day 12: Clavier

Have you ever thought about your keyboard? Probably not since Elementary, when you learned to type. But isn’t it nice, that it never changes? The keys are always right where you expect them to be, with little dots on the F and the J to guide you. You don’t even have to look, because they are right there. Where you left them.

Day 11: Where I’m From

I never thought I’d miss Joplin, MO

the empty town

the constant racism

the religion

the lack of concern for health and education

but I do. I miss

the strangers who smile at you on the sidewalk

the friendliness

the wide open spaces, the love for cars

the grass that’s everywhere

the dogs hanging out of car windows

I never thought I’d miss Joplin, MO

but right now it feels like the place to be.

Day 9: Things That Arouse Fond Memories of the Past

The smell of chlorine. The sound a leaf makes when you crunch it under your foot. Warm chocolate chip cookies with a cold glass of milk. The smell of a cigar. The Cartoon Network logo. The smell of gasoline on a hot day. The creaking of a floorboard in an old house. Walking barefoot in the grass. Reading old messages from a boy you used to like. Biting into a fresh cherry. The little sounds your house makes: the ticking of the clock, the humming of the fridge. A warm spring morning with everyone bustling to get to work.

Day 8: Don’t @ Me

I haven’t watched the news in 7 years.

I know, right?

Each time I say this, I’m told the same thing.

You have to watch the news, how do you know what’s happening?

Well, simple. A little birdie told me.

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My dad watches the news everyday

He settles into his chair to relax,

and drink a beer as he watches

murders, thefts, and epidemics.

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He can’t see how it affects him,

but each time I leave,

he warns me of all the bad things,

in this world.

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I haven’t watched the news in 7 years.

When I leave my house,

I carry mace in my pocket, but what I notice is

the chirping of the birds overhead.

Emily Keeter

Day 7: Gift

If I could give myself a gift,

I would wrap it up in newspaper

the edges carefully tucked,

with the Sunday cartoons.

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I wouldn’t open it slowly,

I’d tear the paper off, eager

to see what’s inside

I’d open the lid, and find,

under all the wrapping paper,

a small paper with delicate handwriting:

“Everything will be okay.”

Emily Keeter