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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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