Waters of Indifference

Little Skellig Ireland

I trawl through waters of indifference
to teach twelve-year-olds of Sirens,
but what do they know of longing?

Sneaking gum into class,
or texts at lockers,
they ride the waves of their impulses,

but can’t imagine
a lure that could destroy them.

#18 of 42 (Gargleblaster page)

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days, and writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.
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26 Responses to Waters of Indifference

  1. Mercy, Marcy! I love the way you elevate the mundanity of teaching of middle schoolers into lovely poetry.
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  2. Ah, the innocence of youth! Like your inner monologue here on what sounds like an otherwise mundane day in the classroom.
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  3. Esther says:

    It is so true — what we can’t even imagine when we’re that young. Or what we think of as longing that is in retrospect play. I love this.
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  4. TNKerr says:

    This was lovely Marcy. Without a doubt one of the finest Gargleblasters I have ever read!
    Really liked it!

  5. Tina says:

    Brilliantly done. Middle schoolers have no clue, but they sure do think they know how the world works, don’t they?

  6. Joe says:

    Their day of awaking is not far off.
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  7. Mridubala says:

    Well done… all those mundane things plus, the good, care-free times of life…empathizing with a teacher and a middle-schooler. :-)
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  8. Such wise words, beautifully said.
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  9. Bill Dameron says:

    Sounds like my daughters, as much as I try to teach them…..
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  10. Karen says:

    “But what do they know of longing?” – pure perfection. I am always moved by your gargleblasters, Marcy.

  11. Marissa Bergen says:

    This is so beautiful Marcy, so eloquently put, and so true!

  12. Jenn Berney says:

    This is great! I’m guessing soon enough they’ll learn about lures that can destroy them.
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  13. Melanie L says:

    Lovely and so true. I thought I knew it all back then. Now I realize I still know nothing at all least of all impulse control!

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