Happy Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day!  Although I don’t know that the groundhog knows anything–it’s already been spring up here in Massachusetts.  Sorry Phil.

In other news, tomorrow I will be a fifth of the way through student teaching.  American public schools truly are a breed of their own.  Fortunately, the kids are good.  Tomorrow is dress in Patriot colors day.  Oh dear, American football.

One of my favorite quotes from student teaching so far: “Copernicus was right: the planets revolve around the sun, not you.”

And in those few minutes when I don’t want to write lesson plans, or when I’ve seen the same class three times in a row, I scratch some words on paper.  Sometimes they make sense.  Here’s one of those creations from November:

[This wasn’t the original picture, but it fits.  Original URL: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/10/thailand_flood_reaches_bangkok.html]

When Bangkok Became Venice

In Venice, the Adriatic sun dances off
shards of glistening water
Tourists tiptoe along the fringe of the canal
Sneaking a sly smile to their truly beloved.
In Venice, gondoleers beckon patrons
to splurge for a serene, sultry excursion.

In Bangkok, streets submerge under
streams of murky mulch
Stranded citizens scramble for safer haven
Elephants wade through new canals
as makeshift vessels weave in and out.
In Bangkok, life has drowned amidst
unexpected waterways.

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