Infamia

 

 

 

          Perhaps the plausible solution

          is to mandate Latin again into curriculum:

          vernacular conveying the gravitas demanded by current conditions.

          Anticipating parental outcry over diminished GPA

          and the self-inflicted epidemic of ADHD,

          limited vocabulary instruction would pair

          with a multitude of modern visual aids.

 

          Focus first on basic roots:

          famia

          Illustrate with streaming video of MLK and Winston Churchill speeches.

          celeber

          Assign autobiographies of Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa.

          clarus

          Require students to volunteer in person for Habitat for Humanity;

          Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

 

          Spend second semester on prefixes and suffixes:

          infamis

          Show the girls in class clips of favorite reality TV shows:

          ladies asserting sexuality by giving it away like men.

          ignomina

          The boys will watch congressional hearings:

          heroes explaining accidental performance-enhancing injections.

          scelestus

          The class will band together to view grainy footage:

          misunderstood trench-coated youth wielding 2nd amendment rights

          statement suicides in blazes of infamia

          faces of familia in most extreme dolor

          candelae et flores in sollemne silentio at steel-gated entrances

          making one final unified stand in memoriam.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                Boyd Bauman