The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Word (Katherine Stelly Watson-Lafayette LA)

"Word"

“Why we gots to read this old stuff? The way they talks is stupid.”
Teaching Shakespeare is quite an endeavor
Especially, to students who read hardly ever
But breaking down the fear of Shakespeare
Is only possible if students persevere
And once they realize they can connect
They are enchanted by Romeo and Juliet
Immortal words cast a spell
And their interest I cannot quell
They are miffed by how much they delight
In one of literature’s greatest plights
Slowly, they begin to see literature’s mission
Which is to communicate the human condition
After each day’s reading, they begin to understand
The power of words written by hand
I look forward to each day’s tomorrow
Because students would say, “Parting is such sweet sorrow”
I observe how the student who said, “The way they talks is stupid”
Now departs the class and into the herd
And he walks with a new respect for the power of a word.

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