Archive for August, 2009

Doug Zimmer

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

school was pretty much senseless
for someone like you who was so
much a part of the world
already by the age of 13 or 14

as a member of a farming family
you were knee-deep in life
learning about cropping and coupling
doing work that really mattered

the same certainly can’t be said
for the assignments in my classroom

I’m sure, for instance,
that writing practice paragraphs
stimulated you no end

what would life be like, after all,
without knowing how to write
pointless little bits of prose

for a time
you and one of your town friends
ate your lunch in my classroom
and shared stories about home life

I became TEACHER only when
the language became too real
you were a young man with a
beat-that attitude born out of
work and responsibility

I may have had 10 years
on you
by the calendar
but in terms of life experiences

you were more than my equal