PF: Limping Through #Inktober

It’s Parent Teacher Conference Week. I’ve heard some schools have conferences during the school day. Or half days. Or something. Apparently there is an alternative to a full week of teaching and shoehorning in conferences before and after school. Or so I’ve heard.

#17 Collide

Parent Teacher Conference Week

Crash!
Bang!
Kaboom!
Life and job collide
Brace for impact
Count on casualties

©Molly Hogan

#18 moon

Some days
my sanity dangles
from the merest sliver
of crescent moon

©Molly Hogan

#20 sprout

A tendril of energy
takes root,
sprouts,
withers away.

©Molly Hogan

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Jama Rattigan’s blog, Jama’s Alphabet Soup. Jama always provides a feast, so be sure to stop by and check out this week’s offerings!

30 thoughts on “PF: Limping Through #Inktober

  1. margaretsmn says:

    I am so sorry you had such a full week of parents. Argh! I am glad you are finding a muse in the Inktober words. “Some days my sanity dangles…” I get it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Janet F. says:

    Always had as a kid in NY half days for parent conferences, maybe 3 of them. As a teacher in NY we had a variety but 2 half days for all and each teacher could take another with a sub (we all know that is extra work). Sometimes if we chose to do a night conf. we got paid extra but they changed that because the SPED and other teachers could not get paid nor come to the conference. Some would do morning conferences. But we always had time. I can’t imagine having to do it with no time off. Also we had them in the fall and spring. I can feel the stress you have had in your poems. Do you have a teachers union or bargaining in Maine? I think the days were always part of the system before they began the contracts in NY in the later 1960s so they were grandfathered in. Good for parents, good for teachers, good for kids. I think a letter writing campaign about all the benefits and harms might open eyes. Also a little research on what goes on in other places. I am really shocked if you get no official time to do these.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mbhmaine says:

      The system is set up so that we do get a professional compensation day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for these conferences. It’s never felt like a good trade, but, technically, we’re getting reimbursed for our time. There is, however, no distinction between teachers who have 22 kids and conferences, and those planning for only 15 or so, though the time required is significantly different. I’m in the luckier camp this year, but either way, trying to plan for conferences and a week of school and then simultaneously juggle both is really brutal.

      Like

      • Janet F. says:

        I wish I could advocate for you ie you can’t get blood from a stone….and time is finite. As it was I could work 24/7 and never be caught up. I know different strokes, but for those who put heart and soul into their school life and try to have time to read, grow, live, tend…..I think a fresher look would/could potentially benefit all. And in the end, the kids. Yet still you write and create. “Some teacher” is woven in a luminous web above your door.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Denise Krebs says:

    Molly, wow what a week you’ve had, yet you still found magic in the words collide, moon and sprout. We can hear your busy week in each poem. My favorite line, making me knowingly and wickedly crack up: “Count on casualties” (remembering my overwhelmed weeks at school when my family was younger.)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. And look! In the midst of chaos, beautiful poems AND a unstoppable sprout! Hang in there, dear Molly. Thinking of you. xo

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jama says:

    Glad you found time to write during your busy week. Thanks for sharing these!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lindabaie says:

    I hear you about those conferences. We had the days off, luckily, but the difference in numbers does also tell the tail. Yet in this chaotic week, you wrote your heart! Good for you, Molly. Enjoy the weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Molly, I feel your exhaustion–and yet you’ve expressed it so beautifully! Thank you for these.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Tabatha says:

    Very impressed that even with the shriveled sprouts and casualties, you’ve been able to pull out poetry from the wreckage! xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • mbhmaine says:

      Pulling Poetry Out of the Wreckage sounds like the title of an anthology or perhaps a memoir. You’ve been so much on my mind, Tabatha. Hope Ben is continuing to show signs of improvement!

      Like

  9. That’s just obscene. And everywhere inequity abounds. I hope that spending a few lines–good ones!–on the #InkTober prompts was refreshing for you. It can be helpful just to observe the withering sprout of energy, can’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Love the last two lines of #17 “Brace for impact
    Count on casualties”
    Difficult to be a perfectionist as a teacher. If you win 67% of the time, that’s pretty. That’s referred to the Meatloaf standard of “two out of three ain’t bad.”

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Elisabeth says:

    What an intense week! You did a great job of combining the inspiration of your Inktober prompts with your busy week. Wishing you sprouts of energy that will thrive and flourish.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. maryleehahn says:

    Oh, yeah. Parent conferences on top of everything else. Ugh. And then no compensation until Thanksgiving, when you could use the extra time NOW, either to prep or to recover. You captured it all in your poems. Especially that fragile tendril of energy withering. Wish I could help!!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. cvarsalona says:

    And over the edge, you go because Parent Conference Week sounds like a whole lot of multitasking. I have partaken in many different Parent Conference times but the night ones wreaked havoc on my winding downtime. I can see why your photography time in the morning is so much pressure to you. This week’s morning photos have been so beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. haitiruth says:

    Wow, that sounds really hard. This last time we did conferences, we had a morning of in-service and then the afternoon was conferences. But I don’t remember ever having to teach a full day and then do them. They are so draining, and so is teaching! I like your poems though. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s