Watching an old Sinatra movie,
Sterling Hayden, too,
I’ve seen it a bunch of times,
Psycho war vet,
Manly man cop,
Smart ass kid with a fragile mom.

It’s great, the plot involving an assassination,
Evil looking to be in control
Before good saves the day.
The vet loses his edge,
The sheriff makes a play,
The kid saves the day,
But it’s the mom he comes up large.

The acting is eh,
The timeline is off,
Things happen conveniently,
But for some reason I love this flick,
Black and white,
Overly dramatic.


Movies clips,
John Paul Jones action,
Easy conversations about nothing,
The way it should be
Working ways,
The manner of speech when friends hash things out,
Gunny knows,
Shots across the bow,
When retirement is so close it burns the whites of the eyes.
You know what I mean?

My colleague described virtual learning this way,

“It’s like someone is reaching into my head and pulling my brain out.”

This morning, I’d agree,
I think the honeymoon is over,
The kids are mopey,
My energy is sapped,
The enthusiasm is waning,

My brain is getting yanked,
Both of them.

My friend says, “rebel.”

I’m not sure if he means that I’m from the south or
That I’ve got an oppositional streak within.

Professional learning communities are not about learning.
They are about control and compliance.
They are about power and order.
The are instructions from a model airplane kit,
The rules to a board game.

Have we not learned about the next greatest programming trend,
The consequences of a single-minded, unchallenged leadership?
Do we understand that people are complex systems and
That those systems are uniquely suited to deal with
Equally complex systems?
Have we figured out how frameworks are useful insofar as
The recognition that they are not absolute in the practicality
For no situation can be completely controlled.

Come now, leaders. See your blindspots,
Open your minds to true collaboration
Where the warts of your organizations are exposed,
Where the fallacy of your thinking shown,
Where the ego in your position is recognized.

“Professional” suggests competency. Trust us.
“Learning” is messy. Rid us of cookie cutter approaches.
“Community” suggests diversity which will not exist when we are all the same.

PLCs are anything but what the monicker suggests.

They are HOAs, stepford through and through,
They are over-regulation,
Consolidation of power,
A denial of ingenuity, creativity, and true human spirit.

Call me a rebel. You got that right…

“Solitude v Silence reveal Christ v One Way” (notes in a margin)

Solitude: the state or situation of being alone

Silence: Complete absence of sound


The moment is now,
Heart keeping a simple beat,
Mind letting go of noise,
The kind that distracts,
Brings others into the non-thinking process
Let her go, she does not understand,
I’m walking that fine line,
Belief, commitment, distraction,
More and more feeling alone,
A place of discomfort in this time,
A goal to complete my spiritual commitment
To be true to what I’m believing, striving for, seeing clearly,
She can’t know, won’t know, doesn’t want to know,
I know, because she doesn’t share,
Sits in silence,
Leaving me in solitude,
Her truth walking on water,
Mine a beggar, stingy, thinking only of myself.
I know,


Note: This is from a project I’m working out to create poems from a book full or “margin notes.” Hack investigative work has the original owner of the book getting divorced around the time he wrote the notes (1930ish). His notes are at the top of the post.

One week down,
Virtual learning being a thing and all
I have to say it wasnt the best,
But not bad either.
There are bugs to work out,
Tech hiccups to be accepted,
Most importantly,
Another step towards normalcy.