Perspectives: 146/365

Grace Watts (Teacher’s Aide, Eight Bars Mother)

I don’t know what is going on with my son,
Cole is a great baseball player,
He hit a home run on JV his sophomore year,
But his coach thinks he isn’t good enough
To get playing time on varsity. What does he know?

We put money into lessons
And those coaches think he is one of the best
Each month we talk to them,
They love us, they love Cole,
I just don’t know what is wrong.

He mopes,
He parties,
He is lazy in class,
He stopped working out,
He says his friends smoke marijuana, but he doesn’t.

This fight is about how his coach has let him down
This fight is to make sure kids have a chance.
Why is he resisting what we are trying to do
He should care more,
He should be helping us. We’ve done everything for him.

Perspectives: 145/365

Robert Sato (Eddie Haskell Type)

Did you hear them,
They think they are some kind of
Revolutionaries.

Ha, they can barely pay attention in class,
They never win,
They hit flat notes.

They can’t joke,
Unable to make fun of themselves,
And do they think anyone cares?

I hope this little protest
Comes up in class.
I’ll make them think differently.

Perspectives: 144/365

Nicole Shaw (Intellectual, Art Student)

My grandfather gave me this camera,
A Canon AE-1.
He said film is the best way to capture a moment,
He loved his darkroom and the grain of film.

I’m a fan of the old look of film,
But if he were alive today,
I don’t think my grandfather would have liked
Digital photography.

So today, I honor him by documenting this madness
Where adults are against adults,
Where students must choose between each other or
Even go against their parents.

I think I might be able
To make a project out of this
Lest they forget
School is more than sports and music.

Perspectives: 143/365

Kevin Palmer (Tech Kid)

They crack me up,
I will rule the world,
Not those ball chasing,
Horn blowing,
Wannabees.

I write the code
That makes the whole thing work,
Their social media,
Their streaming music, yet
They don’t even know who I am.

Perspectives: 142/365

Marcello Martinez (DACA Student)

My parents work hard,
My mother is a custodian in school,
My father is a foreman for a landscaper.
She cleans up our messes in school,
He mows grass all day.

I’m going to Penn State,
Main Campus,
I’m going to be the first in my family
To graduate from college.
If Trump doesn’t get us first.

Sports and Band are not on my radar.

Perspectives: 141/365

Robert Sato (Eddie Haskell Type)

I don’t get it,
These kids are whining about sports and music.
Don’t they see how dumb they are,
Ooo, my coach yelled at me,
Ooo, band is better,
They’re both effed up.

I go to school and see who they all strut,
Band or jocks,
They don’t know how funny they are,
I can’t wait to get involved,
To throw shist in their process,
This is going to be so much fun.

Perspectives: 140/365

Michael Dawson (Football, Eight Bars Parents)

I line up across the other team,
We have the ball,
I know where I’m going,
I knock them out of my guy’s way.

This time it will be tougher.
My parents are the other team,
I’m not sure where I’m going,
But I’ll stick with my guys.

Perspectives: 139/365

Jerry Dean (Basketball, Eight Bars Parents)

Addressing the crowd:

Everyone, I am glad you are here today,
As I look around I see all the different groups,
Jocks,
Band kids,
Stoners,
Goths,
Latinos,
LBGTQers,
Everyone.
It’s great that we are all here.

Way in the back,
I see parents, teachers, coaches, administrators
And I say to you,
“Have you all screwed things up enough?”
Go home,
We don’t want you here.
This is about us.
We will solve your problems.
You will reckon with us now.
We are not kids and we know we matter.

Taylorville students, we must take control of who we are,
We must let this community know that it’s not 1950,
It’s 2018 and we are ready for them to grow up.
We want stuff that we want,
Sometimes they can help us out,
But it’s time that they listen to us,
And it’s time that they feel our power.
We will change things with or without them.

Perspectives: 138/365

Max Brown (Flute, Music Friends of Sports)

People say I’m angry,
Too angry to be a flute player.
They say the flute is beautiful,
That the sound reminds them of spring,
Love,
Birds.

I’m not angry,
I hate the flute,
It’s an ugly thing
That reminds me of coercion,
Wasted time,
Life.

Perspectives: 137/365

Cole Watts (Baseball, Eight Bars Parents)

It’s great that we are all here in the park,

Protesting,
Puffing,
Pranking.

I do feel bad for my coach.

Boooo…
Ahhhhh…
Psyche.