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Don't kick a dead horse
by Janet Bellinger

Monday, March 20, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem was written in the summer of 2005, when I wanted to return to teaching, after a five year absence. As you can see, I came to the conclusion, that I would concentrate on writing, instead.

Donít kick a dead horse


Aspiring teacher, looking at the classroom with as much awe as if it were the stage

and like a would-be actor, Iíll elsewhere have to earn a wage

always an extra, never a star or even a supporting role

no matter how I strive, I just canít reach my goal

I am not knowledgeable enough, they say

about the curriculum, bye the way

my five-year absence speaks volumes of my ignorance

and my writing by some gets a kick in the pants

my path has been chosen, not by God but the principals

who donít appear to be interested in what I can do well

so instead of a teacher, I will a writer be

from now on I am just going to be me

and all the forces lying dormant since my moment of birth

come surging forward without a dearth

never mind the years that the forces remained fallow

like the tide, they come and fill in the shallows

the schools are quite happy to go it alone

and about that Iím no longer picking a bone

it seems Iím untouchable when it comes to teaching

so even though I love it, Iím going to stop reaching

that final call drove the nail in the coffin

of any last hopes I had, so I am feeliní rotten

but as the popular saying goes, thereís a reason for everything

and maybe the next time I hear the telephone ring

it will be glad tidings instead of dire

somebody, somewhere will find me worthy of hire.


Janet Bellinger

c 2005
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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 3/22/2006
We are very pleased to see that you keep on writing, because we very much enjoy reading you! And this phone sure will ring...
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 3/21/2006
Deep emmotional prose-poem showing a profile of the illusion's era,
where -- X on the Box -- receives more rewards than knowledge in the mind.

Keep posting, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Betty Torain 3/21/2006
Janet you are still TEACHING, you have a larger class-room. You are in a another season of your life. Thanks for the Poem, thanks for all your writings. Love, Betty Torain
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 3/20/2006
It's not easy to be a teacher, you have to have a lot of patience and smart students in order to keep your sanity.

If I could choose between my job and my writing as a career, I choose writing every time too.

Good thought-provoking write!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/20/2006
It takes courage to make such choices, Janet. I have been part of the system of education for many years. Certainly I enjoy teaching the students; there is a lot of "other stuff" that is most stressful and makes the profession a most difficult one. As for being an actor, I'd not have lasted in the classroom if I had not "honed" my skills in that area (lol). Thank you for this insighftul and honest write. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/20/2006
You made the right choice, Janet
An inspired one...

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