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A Teacher's Running Record
by Carla M Cherry

Saturday, April 05, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Day Five, Poem #5 of my poetry challenge!


Over fourteen years
I have kept five journals.
Two are black,
one is brown,
another denim blue and yellow,
embroidered with flowers
and the one I use now,
that is laying in my lap,
has a tiger print.

What they have in common, all,
are my neat columns of figures throughout--
more minuses than pluses
for rent, food, phone, student loans,
tuition, car insurance, credit cards, gas,
laundry, savings for
my son to go college,
just to name a few.

My journals are full of
finding ways to stretch
a teacher's dollar--
overtime,
workshops that offer stipends,
and bypassed shopping trips.
The pants I am wearing
are pilled in the thighs.
One sock has a hole
and the treads in the soles of my sneakers
are flat.

My journals keep my worries from my son
who always
has a full belly and
clean clothes in his closet.
His computer is brand new
and his future securely in the bank.

I thank God for what we have
but I wonder
if I will ever
have a journal
free of worries.

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Reviewed by John Leko 4/6/2008
...there is no accounting...for the honest pen you have given...nor columns to hide behind. I do see some light...hope...in that you make reference to expenditures kept in journals and not ledgers...the mark of a true writer..for if not anything else...a journal will still hold the wonder of your words...and the life you have so unselfishly shared.
there is much goodness in this write and it will be remembered Carla...
John



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