Lesson Plan: Grammar
I should write about not writing
I should write down what containment is like,
stuffing myself into a baggie, making myself small enough
to be eaten as a bedtime snack.
I should give myself permission to take a day off
walk without purpose, splash in puddles, breathe too slowly,
instead of grading myself on a rubric.
I can teach you about MLA format, transitive
and intransitive verbs, passive vs. active voice,
homophones, six traits, dramatic verbal situational irony,
character tone theme plot setting point-of-view
But I cannot red pen the blank page
teach you to unravel your decisions
suggest an ending
or request an alternative god.
I could make myself a metaphor (extended of course)
for what's wrong with education today
but I'm more like a simile, analogy maybe
as moonlight is to bloodstained carpet.
Despite the detailed lesson plan (deviation is inevitable)
I am still unsure where subject and verb find agreement.
Maybe it's all in the linking, have, has, be
where I become a conduit, third-person and past tense.