Perspectives: 79/365

Martin Watson (Concerned Senior Citizen)

These schools are out of control,
The taxes to pay for everything is too much,
Why should I still be paying for all of this,
My kids have kids, I’ve done my part.

Music, art, sports, get rid of them
Save some money so taxes can go down.
Besides, no one cares about that stuff,
It’s a waste of time.

Perspectives: 78/365

Alannah Alvarado (Taylorville HS Principal)

As if there isn’t enough to deal with already,
Leaky roofs,
Who hasn’t voted for NHS,
There’s a lot of stuff going on here.

Besides, a bunch of our kids don’t do sports or music,
They are worried about learning the language,
About assimilating into a new culture,
About whether ICE will break its promise
To let them stay.

Someone else can deal with this sports issue
It rained last night and the ceilings are dripping,
Two students have run away,
One parent went over my head about her kid missing NHS,
And Latino students are scared to come to school.

Sports and music can wait.

Perspectives: 77/365

Meg Nichols (Art Teacher)

Don’t forget about us,
All this talk of music and sports,
And people aren’t paying attention to art.

We are vital.
We are important to learning.
We are in danger too.

Perspectives: 76/365

A Coaches Meeting

Worn out office chairs,
Institutional tile floors,
Peanut shells covering the grout…

Ashton Clay (Track Coach)

I can’t be a part of this,
My program is booming

Jerry Knight (Basketball Coach)

This about the whole program,
Not the seven or eight kids that you have that count.

Tony Weaver (Baseball Coach)

Yeah, this is about all of us
Aren’t we supposed to stick together?

Ashton Clay (Track Coach)

Where were you guys when I was struggling,
You were getting your gear and hogging the press.

Bill Bryant (Football Coach)

Is that why you started poaching our players?
Now you have one-hundred kids, we have nothing.

Brandi Rooney (Soccer Coach)

This isn’t about our teams,
It’s about respect and how we are treated.

Ashton Clay (Track Coach)

You’re right, I see what you mean.
I’m with you guys.

Perspectives: 75/365

Robert Woods (A Local Dude)

X’s and O’s,
Coaches do more than that.
Their success often a bit more
Than their experience on the battlefront,
Well, field, court, pitch, whatever.

I don’t want to be prone to exaggeration.

Parents, X’s and Y’s,
With children who contribute mightily
To the success of a coach or school.
Maybe they contribute more
To the egos of their parents.

Sorry, I’m exaggerating again.

Perspectives: 74/365

Brandi Rooney (Soccer Coach)

Sure there are issues,
Mine are usually more personal than professional,
Since I’m single, no kids, I get the looks,
I get the questioning glances,
You know, the ones that small towns
Are all too comfortable giving.

I hear that people think I’m a good coach,
But they are always wondering,
Is she?
Isn’t she?
Of course, she is, she plays soccer,
Look at her.

I block it out,
Helping the girls get better, play smarter,
We work hard,
Although, I wish they didn’t complain as much,
But that’s teenagers, right?
By the way, it doesn’t matter what I am.


The headline said,

“DA Says: Armed Teachers Not The Answer.”

I thought how hard it would be
To teach without arms.

Certainly, being armless would
Be different, but
Teachers teach and those without
Would figure it out.

Oh, it means giving guns to teachers…

Too literal, I suppose.

Perspectives: 73/365

Bill Bryant (Football Coach)

Aren’t we all in this together,
There’s a fight out there,
We are in it.
Each person does his part
And we’ll get through it all
As best we can.

Perspectives: 72/365

Tony Weaver (Baseball Coach)

A baseball player said that the ball gives all the feedback
A player will ever need.

I believe it so,
But this Eight Bars parent is full of himself,
He forgets that things get tougher as kids grow up,
The stakes are raised,
The game gets harder.

The ball is a truth teller.
At least one parent can’t handle honesty.

Perspectives: 71/365

Jerry Knight (Basketball Coach)

It’s funny, the track coach can point to numbers,
But I’m locked up by strategy and
The general knowledge of anyone who
Has picked a field of sixty-four.

I’d like to say eff-em,
But that wouldn’t go over so well.
Truth is, the objective numbers of Track don’t
Translate to kids that can’t make shots as well.

I want to win. I want kids moving to the next level.
I prefer parents let me be,
Even if that means they let me coach their kids hard.
I guess it’s not working that way.