Tears and a Torn Conscience: a #ThrowdownThursday .@ImageCurve #haibun

She puts her head down and cries, “I’ve let down you teachers. I’m stupid.”

I try to console her.

She asks, “Can’t you give me a list of vocabulary? So I can understand?”

I remember my intention at the beginning of the year. We would change how we work together. We would meet regularly to co-plan. Then I remembered her hardened expression every time I tried to meet her. My resolve failed. I surrendered.

Her question is a knife upon which my torn conscience bleeds. As it should.


an incomplete test …


during the downpour


Photo by Justyn Warner


first published in Image Curve, June 7, 2018




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