January 17th

Today I saw team work
parents and staff
gathered around
on each child’s behalf.

Feeling productive
meeting with higher education,
and building for students,
a stronger learning foundation.

I hear stories
from today and long ago.
Mississippi dialect
and family woes.

I smelt freedom.
Words set us free,
as we reach beyond
paper degrees.

I tasted loss
and victory
as we play Go Fish
in the day’s absentee.