Grading Research Papers Sonnet

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Grading Research Papers

Paper after paper, written badly
Sing their author’s personal mistakes
Beautiful lives experienced madly
They tell true stories, not one single fake

Tragedies and triumphs in 12 point font
Murders, suicides & unsure thinking
Documented unevenly: youth’s cant
Rebellion, obedience and drinking

In fifty-odd students, you’ll find it all
Skills, effort (experiences alleged)
Things that make scholars procrastinate, stall
No tabula rasa at this college

Grading research autobiographies
Lets me see my student’s real qualities

•Dear White People• Haiku Review

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Saw “Dear White People”/
An interesting film/
Provoked some thinking/
#Haiku

Impulse was perfect/
Execution uneven:/
Some great film making/
#Haiku

The deconstruction/
Of privilege was perfect/
On both sides of race/
#Haiku

At the same moment/
Race was remade and unmade/
Inescapable/
#Haiku

The sterling writing/
Couldn’t escape the archetypes/
Make real characters/
#Haiku

The stereotypes/
Of villains didn’t bother/
Flat protagonists/
#Haiku

At the same moment/
“Types” were dissected it showed/
Additional “types”/
#Haiku

Identified “types”/
Though both clever & witty/
Just couldn’t escape/
#Haiku

The Show Me State

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(Today’s Haiku Journal on Ferguson)

9. Do white people know/
The feelings Black people have/
When cops just kill us?/
#haiku

10. Don’t live in ghettos/
Suburban Strip-Mall no-wheres/
Imprisoned by cars/
#Haiku

11. Don’t live in projects/
Lego-stacked suspensions of/
Human civil rights/
#Haiku

12. In our middle class/
Pretentions of normalcy/
Black lives lack value/
#Haiku

13. Our white friends can’t know/
Insecurity we feel/
When Blacks are gunned down/
#Haiku

14. Projects or exurbs/
“They are poor in those ghettoes/
So diff’rent than ‘us'”/
#Haiku

15. But to the dull tool/
Of racist policing we’re/
Just some more niggers/
#haiku

16. Reduce privilege/
And pay the police much more/
We might get justice/
#Haiku

17. Uneducated/
Underpaid police receive/
Unjust Power’s Pay/
#Haiku

18. We need to attract/
Better people to police/
Not red-necked bullies/
#Haiku

19. The black cops we have/
Absorbed the racist power/
Of job they strap on/
#Haiku

20. But many Blacks fear/
Blacks men inordinately/
Just like the police/
#haiku

21. White supremacy/
Lies all over our culture:/
Suffocating snow/
#Haiku

22. We cannot see Blacks/
As just individuals/
In racist matrix/
#Haiku

23. “Devil’s food cake” is/
The national confection/
Of America/
#Haiku

24. It’s “our” racism/
Contrary statements of race/
Are simple “white lies”/
#Haiku

26. Race is a prison/
We reconstruct for ourselves/
We need more jailbreaks/
#haiku

27. Lamenting order/
Over human righteousness/
Suggests racism/
#haiku

28. Tranquility lacks/
The drama of infringement/
Victimization/
#haiku

25. “Faith has to [function]/
[For us] 24 hour [days],/
Or we [will] perish.”/
#Haiku 16

Hope Is Unavoidable IV

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As long as I’m alive, I will believe
Mindlessly, that “the best is yet to come”
I’m aware the savvy’ll say I’m naive
But undying faith is just how I run

Fighting obstacles and problems I see
Unthinking UnDead of Optimism
Clawing, scratching and unyielding zombie
Thoughtlessly battling pessimism

Tribulations’ opportunities are
Well disguised gifts and fetishes of growth
Problems that slow me down let me go far
As I move slower wasted steps I loath

My optimism’s unavoidable
‘Cause this faith makes me indestructable

Today’s Thoughts

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My epiphany/
Of my social media/
Eccentricity/
#Haiku

29. A pithy #haiku/
Explaining or questioning/
My observations/

30. Writing these “bon mots”/
The tiny observations:/
Vanity’s essence/
#Haiku

31. Like graffiti’s scrawl/
I scribble observations/
From my point of view/
#Haiku

32. I vandalize life/
With my snarky opinions/
Never looking back/
#Haiku

33. Most Americans/
Don’t question our privilege/
(We descry our costs)/
#Haiku

34. I’m American/
Complaining of ev’rything/
Working for myself/
#haiku

35. A trail of bread-crumbs/
In seventeen syllables/
Leading back to hope/
#Haiku

36a. Or a cultural/
Vandal scrawling on the wall/
While building nothing/
#Haiku

36b. Cultural vandal/
Defacing others’ actions/
Building resentment/
#Haiku

37. Accepting heaven/
As configured by others/
Takes enormous faith/
#haiku

38. Eternity’s cold/
Reaching from infinity/
Visits us today/
#Haiku

“Deafening Silence” Haiku to Sonnet

First Thoughts

I took an old haiku string that I wrote (when I still had the Blackberry) and turned it into a sonnet. As I write haiku I often tell myself that these are placeholders for longer thoughts that I want to return to. Now I have returned to this one that is at least three years old (when did I get the iPhonE?)

Deafening Silence Haiku

1a. Deafening Silence/
Sarcastic Oxymoron/
Of those who were wrong/

1b. Deafening Silence/
Sarcastic Oxymoron/
Of people who’re wrong/

Deafening Silence/
Assumption’s stinging defeat/
In Oxymoron/
Deafening Silence/
Assumption’s oxymoron/
Of total failure/

4a. Defeat’s triumph sung/
By the angels of failure/
Deafening silence/

4b. Defeat’s triumph sung/
Mutely by Failure’s Angels:/
Deafening silence/

4c. Defeat’s rhythm beaten/
Mutely by Failure’s Angels:/
Deafening silence/

Mute Defeat

Suddenly struck by Deafening Silence/
A quiet stinging lash across the face/
Passivity has no less violence/
When the vanquished admits his awful place/

Defeat’s triumph boldly though mutely sung/
Heralded by the angels of failure/
Though the adversary climbs down one rung/
Victory’s got ill-fitting regalia/

Do I enjoy this awful victory?/
For whenever I win, someone loses/
Someone has been vanquished so bitterly/
There lies an ego’s soul flossing bruises/

The averted eyes’ silent aria/
Fatal to the proud as diphtheria/

Gratitude Sonnet

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I’m eternally grateful for today/
No matter what obstacles it might include/
Whether it is weather or some delay/
Life is all remade by my attitude/

Regardless of the day’s tribulations/
Today is perfect if I can believe/
That friction and woes are good sensations/
To craft the last person I want to leave/

The pebble bothering me in my shoe/
Is there to show me how to slow down some/
Stop: inventory where I’m walking to/
& how the problem is often begun/

Ease and comfort are often distractions/
I’m grateful for my positive actions/