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Updated: Apr 29

(inspired by Angie Greco)

By Jaz

Starved

for attention-

                                                     positive or negative

they hate

the skin

they’re in

 

so callous

because of

their situations

 

easier for them to

push me away

because of home

 

easier for them to

envy

than to compliment

 

easier for them to

slice the knife both ways

so they won’t be the only one wounded

 

easier to rage-

it’s better than being background noise

 

easier to act like drywall

To expose the heart is certain death

 

They

arrive

in

bits

and

pieces

trynna build

on the bricks thrown at them

 

“It ain’t personal”

Angie says

She’s a Salve

to where their

Word-daggers dig into me

 

Why do teachers do it?

 

 

Because

 

They Are Worth The Investment

 

Worth

Wholeness

 

Worth

Celebration

 

Worth

Intercessions

 

Worth

Agape love

 

Worth

Safe spaces

 

Worth the breaking of strongholds

 

And the healing of generations

 

 

They are worth the one that God sees…and…saves.





 

Jaz is an Award-winning Published Poet, Singer, Author, Performance Poet, Playwright, Theater Artist, Songwriter (ASCAP), Composer, and Educator from Philly, PA. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Goddard College and a BA in Theater from Temple University. Jaz’s poetry is featured in multiple anthologies, literary magazines, and on internet, podcast, and public radio. Her poetry has appeared in the publications Literary House Review, APIARY, The Pitkin Review, and WestWard Quarterly, among others. She has a forthcoming publication in Moonstone Press’s Haiku Day 2024. Jaz performs songs and poetry as a soloist and as a member of For Women Collective: In Tribute to Nina Simone and Philly Jawns. She is blessed to be a public elementary school educator and independent poetry instructor. Jaz is honored to be used as a vessel of Christ whether on or off stage. IG: jazzsingpoet



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