Perspectives: 266/365

Kevin Palmer (Technology Kid)

I’ve kind of checked out
How long do we have to play these games,
Besides, I’m more interested in getting called
To do some hacking for the government.
I hear they want young minds
To show them how the Russians got into voting machines.
I can do that all day.
No Romeo and Juliet,
No petulant sports parents and their singleminded kids,
No do-gooder music parents and their cliquey kids,
Just me and a keyboard
Where I’m most comfortable.

Perspectives: 265/365

Robert Sato (Smart Ass Kid)

It’s never been like this,
I feel like one of the Adams brothers,
Frederick Douglass,
Or Gandhi.

We feel like the system is wrong
And we are doing something about it,
Protesting, being disobedient in a civil way,
Just pissing everyone off in a don’t get in trouble way.

It’s not that we don’t get in trouble,
It’s that the consequences are less than the point we are making,
Adults have lost touch with what growing up is,
Everything is falling apart for them.

Perspectives: 264/365

Max Brown (Flute, Music Friends of Sports Parents)

This is my last year of playing the flute,
Now the other kids in the band are calling me Jethro.
All this time and I finally get recognized for something,
It wasn’t Mr. Simpson, my parents, or some judge,
It was my classmates for the other day
When we played Aqualung.

That was the first time I enjoyed playing,
How come we can’t play more songs like that,
Why do we have summer reading,
What is the purpose of the reading the classics,
I just don’t get the point of school
Especially in a year like this.

Perspectives: 263/365

Sara Holmes (Violin, Music Friends of Sports Parents)

When I hit a bad note,
He puts his fingers together and
Tells that dumb violin joke.

Today, I told him what I thought,
He seemed not to care, but
At least he had the decency not to put his fingers together.

Perspectives: 262/365

Blair Taylor (Drums, Music Friends of Sports Parents)

My parents are essentially fighting for him,
His colleagues,
And all of the kids in band and music.

He won’t even consider he might be
What the parents of the jocks
Are complaining about with the coaches.

Why are we protecting this guy,
I hear the coaches are actually talking with
Their players.

Perspectives: 261/365

Grant Pearce (Guitar, Music Friends of Sports Parents)

You know how people look at you and
You can tell that they aren’t listening,
You keep talking, they keep blowing
You off, that was
He never wanted to know,
He never cared,
He was just doing what he did
For the show.
That’s him.

Perspectives: 260/365

Len Simpson (Music Teacher)

Seriously, we have to meet with the kids
To find out how we can be better?

I don’t care what they think,
I tell, they do, that’s the way it is.

Back in the day, I had complaints about my teachers,
But my voice wasn’t there to be heard.

I was there to learn,
To do what I was told.

Perspectives: 259/365

Maya Thomson (Soccer, Eight Bars Parents)

Coach made it seem like she wasn’t upset,
But I heard from someone we both know
That she might quit.

I can’t blame her,
It would be a shame,
But I wouldn’t want her life.

Perspectives: 258/365

Brandi Rooney (Soccer Coach)

I talked to the players,
They think this whole thing is ridiculous,
They apologized, saying their protest
Was not about me,
But really about something more than soccer.

I get it,
But it still hurts.
On the other hand,
I enjoyed my free time,
Maybe I need to think about me more.

Perspectives: 257/365

Michael Dawson (Football, Eight Bar Parents)

Coach Bryant is bitter,
The season is lost,
Protests gobbled up the season.
He can’t understand how people
Don’t know how to be on a team,
He fails to understand,
Football teams are an “I”
Relative to the rest of society
And he’s putting that above everything else.