Literary Hook: ‘Morning Reflection’: A school teacher’s response to another school shooting

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Here is a poem by a new writer, Linda Melville. Linda’s poem comes from the heart of a teacher in the wake of another school shooting.

Morning Reflection

By Linda Melville

What was she doing

when uneasiness intruded upon her perfectly planned day?

Was she taping a torn lunch bag,

unjamming another zipper,

fastening a loose barrette,

accepting an earnestly crayoned Christmas card?

What was she doing

when unspeakable sounds disturbed their familiar routines?

Was she calling them over to the big blue rug,

choosing the helper of the day,

celebrating a childish achievement,

laughing at a dreadfully delivered joke?

What was she doing

when darkness filled their classroom doorway?

Was she singing their good morning song,

adding a snowflake to their calendar,

settling down in her story chair,

sending a smile to the shy one in the back row?

What was she doing

when she saw the gun?

Was she doing what I’m doing now?

Linda Melville is a resident of Rockford with a husband, two married daughters, and two baby granddaughters. She is a recently retired elementary teacher and hopes to spend much of her retirement enjoying reading, writing, art and music, just as she encouraged her students to do during her many years in the classroom.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue

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