Image for post
Image for post
Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video at

Each table

Covers the globe

The students, not mine

But ours, each others

For the moment.

Find commonalities

Share names

And your favorite

Flavor of ice cream.

Innocuous items:

Find someone who

Doesn’t like broccoli.


If you go back

Far enough

Means roommate.

In this room,

Laughter and movement,

Nobody too afraid

To speak English

Right now.

Find someone who

Is an only child.

Only one:

Chinese teenager

In a room of 30.

Some have ten siblings.

We have one.

Of our own.

Will she be

An only child?

Is that possible,

With two fur creatures?

And a bin full

Of sometimes

Animate friends,

Zoology 101.

Time and place.

We point to the map.

Moldova, Algeria.

Countries not often

Heard from.

I can hear enough

To know:

This is America,

Newly arrived.

So many

Brothers and sisters.

We have so many

Blood is only

One way

To measure.

Writing. Poetry. Personal Essays. On the NBA, MLB, media, journalism, culture, teaching and humor.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store