birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

First Two Weeks

For the first  
two weeks of  
every term  
students hold me  
at long arm's  
length - - the math  
teacher is not  
to be trusted,  
I takes that long  
for the message  
to have a hope  
to be heard.  
I work and  
I work towards  
an opportunity  
for them to prove  
they'll pick up  
the baton of  
the challenge of  
business calculus  
(or trig, or stats,  
or heavens-what).  
Bad news is  
no matter what  
chance you get  
two weeks behind  
is hard  
to recoup. 

Negative Nuance