A serious poem on a snowy day

A Teacher’s Call for Arms

(In response to President Trump)

I do not want your pistols,
Your shotguns,
Your revolvers,
Or your rifles.
If you must arm me,
Arm me with psychologists,
With time to talk, not test.
Arm me with social workers,
Who have understanding.
Arm me with mental health nurses
Who have knowledge.
Arm me with more time to reflect,
with smaller classes,
with more time to teach.
Go ahead,
Arm me.

(Translation of a 2012 blog post by Mary Cathryn Ricker – Executive VP of the American Federation of Teachers))