The Teacher in Room 220
Not in a hurry. If you
slowed down, walked
her pace, you could breathe
in the spaciousness
that surrounded her.
Once a Green Darner, brilliant
emerald jewel of a dragonfly,
landed on her arm, stayed an eternity,
the grace she exuded.
Up one flight, down the hall.
In my mind’s eye, she will always be
in her classroom,
using the grapnel of cyclops and gorgons,
to lure kids into a love of reading
the steady thrum of her rock tumbler,
smooths out rough edges,
uncovers facets, makes the dull
Bio: Julie Martin is a Saint Paul based poet and public school teacher. Her poetry has appeared in the Wadena Historical Society Poetry Month Celebration and In Want of Jasmine Online.