NaPoWriMo: Two Poems for Day 14

Today is my niece’s sixteenth birthday:

journey of sixteen
endless path invites you-go!
celebrate this day

And for the library, words taken from a recent article I wrote:

thirty-five years
in the library
budget woes
not in my vocabulary
until this moment
was I smug?
thinking it would
not happen to me?
district wants
students to be
“world competitive upon graduation”
wants to cut the
heart of the school out,
the school library
reducing staff
reducing funds
and even a whisper
of letting the
building decide
what the library needs
or does not.
cuts to the library
cuts to kids
a place to
get resources
a quiet refuge
from noisy recess
it could all slip away
as silently as
a “shush”

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2 Responses to NaPoWriMo: Two Poems for Day 14

  1. Gavin says:

    Very sad, I think the library is the heart of a school.

  2. Linda Jacobs says:

    Scary library poem! Our school system gave our librarian a contract but for teaching social studies instead of as a librarian. So, what happens to the library? No one knows and it’s really worrisome!

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