NaPoWriMo–F is for…



Today, before the bell, before the lockdown that would last from ten to two,

my student inquired, did I want to see his ink, it was new.  I said a ready yes,

and he shed two shirts to show me his pec with shading and his momma’s name.


And then I showed him mine, my arm, explained its aim, the lion’s name;

and his earnest eyes and tanned tired face met mine for a bonded moment or two

and despite his lack and temporary gaps, despite my own lapses, we shared a yes.


Slow-starter, underslept, with a loose relationship to time—and yes,

a penchant for large, expensive, and possibly ill-advised investments, compulsions too deep to name:

his art a coverup of a screwup, I in need of larger space to fit the Pevensie sisters two.


Well, we both make do; I give us two a gentle, yes, loving name—the description fits me, too.


hand tattoo


This post is a blend of the A to Z Blog Challenge and NaPoWriMo.  To read other A to Z bloggers, click here. Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem in the tritina form (a shorter variation of the sestina).



11 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo–F is for…

    • The shared yes–magical indeed. It’s those little moments and their accumulation that make the job of teaching bearable and sustainable. I love that you resonated with that. Thank you.

  1. I probably would have titled this “After the Lockdown” simply for the delicious irony of the circumstances. Beautiful poem and I love the idea of teacher and student bonding over this most unexpected of cool things.

    • That’s an excellent suggestion, which is not surprising given your titling prowess. Thank you! (I had to tie it to the letter F for the A to Z challenge, but I can always change that later.)

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