I came to work one day and
I was excited about the piece I was going to teach.
I was getting in the flow when
In the middle of class
A student raised his hand
and asked, “Why we gotta learn about this?”
We were reading a piece by Dr. Martin Luther King
And the other students looked to me for my reply.
His attitude about the subject matter
Was trying to throw off my flow.
And I thought to myself
It’s such a shame that good authors
Receive no respect this days.
I was tempted to brush him off and go on with the lesson
But instead I broke it down for him
Telling him things to spark his imagination
All the while finding my flow once again
And went on with my lesson.
Taking pride that I was able to use this moment
To shape and influence a young mind.
Note: The italics is what I add to the original 10 lines and I put a line through the 8 lines I took out.