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They Strike Terror in my Soul

I am an elementary school counselor.
Everyone else shuns the sixth graders, they are my pals.
They are the ones I know the best, we have the same humor.
We laugh at the same raunchy jokes,
Although some I have to pretend I do not hear.

I like my day, it is so much fun; every day different.
I glide through it, laughing and playing, in a child-like, happy way.
Until I get a phone call or emergency text from Room 145Z.
Laughter stops. My smile runs off and hides in a corner.
I pretend to be sick, running for the bathroom, clutching my mouth.

I have a walkie talkie. I get paged six ways to enlightenment.
My boss comes to find me; she is the principal. I have to go.
Jumping off a cliff into a murder of crows being killed by wolves
would be more desirable.

I open the door and enter. 
They are all over the place, screaming and yelling.
Under tables, screeching and snarling. Spitting and kicking.
"Thank you! " the teacher says. "I will be right back."
Six or seven come up to me and tug on my clothes.
I use the kindest softest voice I have ever mustered.
Two run off screaming and crying because I hurt their feelings.
Sixteen run up to tattle on others.
One pulls my hair to see if it is red all the way to the root.
Another throws up on my shirt.
I have been here what, two hours?
I look at the clock.

Where is she? 
She comes running back in. "Thank you!" she says. "I really had to go."
I'll say.
She was gone two minutes.
I am terrified of room 145Z, the kindergarten class.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 4/15/2019 8:59:00 PM
With that age, you never know what is going to occur. Beware!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/16/2019 3:18:00 PM
I see them coming, and cringe as if they are snakes. Just a look makes them bawl for their mommies.
Date: 4/14/2019 11:23:00 PM
This is so funny.. I loved the kindergarten group .. always questions always wanting to play the highschool kids were the ones wanting to make you feel like why I was therefore :-)
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/15/2019 12:01:00 AM
The older ones I "get" and they "get me". The little ones cry when I ask them to do something, thinking I was mean.
Date: 4/14/2019 1:05:00 PM
great free verse sweet lady, I agree with Pixie Dust. glad I popped in today! :)-luloo
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/15/2019 12:03:00 AM
Thank you Lu Loo. The 5 and 6 year olds are foreign to me. I do not remember any of my children or grandchildren being that age, but I better never say never. All 10 of my grandchildren will be here on Thursday, and one of them is six.
Date: 4/14/2019 12:49:00 PM
It takes a special kind of woman to handle children and school, I think you have a rare gift, it shows by the experienced write here. Have a wonderful day dear poetess / teacher.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/15/2019 12:01:00 AM
Thank you Pixie Dust. I have fun every day; I am so in love with my job it is ridiculous! But please keep me out of kindergarten!