In the middle of a lesson
As I stand at five foot two
surrounded by 6th graders
in a middle school of teenagers
I shared my wisdom on genres and plots
and character development.
I shared tricky phrases and symbolic references
to a sea of eager eyes and hungry minds.
At the start of the year,
I shared an All About Me
and my students knew I played basketball in college.
So, it shouldn’t have came a surprise
when a boy named John raised his hand
in the middle of discussion,
“Ms. D, how tall were you when you played ball?”