Poetry Friday: Inside Out

August 21st, 2009

This week’s poem comes from middle-school teacher Linda Baie from Colorado. Linda teaches at The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, an independent school for gifted learners. She facilitates all subjects, mostly on an individual basis, with some whole-group work.

There is still time to submit a poem for our Poetry Friday contest. Write a poem about your teaching life and send it to zmcmullin@stenhouse.com by Sept. 1.

Inside Out
(teaching middle school)

I’m trying to learn about you
from the inside out.
Yet the layers
(some say like onions)
keep me tearful.

And it’s so hard
To peel them all away.
If you could only wiggle
a little,
And loosen the layers—
giving me a chance.
I’d stop scraping on the outside
Maybe bruising you
Without knowing.
And I could move right on to the
Inside—and out.

Entry Filed under: Poetry Friday

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly Polark  |  August 21st, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Wow! Love it! Those middle graders can be tough!

  • 2. J Johns  |  August 21st, 2009 at 9:51 am

    This is not only a wonderful poet, she has to be a wonderful teacher, as well! If all kids could be as fortunate to have such a caring and dedicated teacher. I’ve read some of this teacher’s other things in different educator magazines/journals – she is something else!!

  • 3. laurasalas  |  August 27th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Wow, Linda, this is beautiful. I taught 8th-grade English a long time ago, and this really brought back specific kids to me.

    Favorite section:

    If you could only wiggle
    a little,
    And loosen the layers—
    giving me a chance.
    I’d stop scraping on the outside
    Maybe bruising you
    Without knowing.

    Thanks for sharing!

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