The Calendar and the ClockI keep wanting to return to before that date.The Calendar and the Clock by ebturner
That date and that time
that sticks in my mind.
Before that moment
my father still lived.
But time keeps pushing me forward.
Ever further from that event into the future,
away from my father's last breath.
Distancing me from my father's
The calendar and the clock are my
enemies and my friends
I advance into the future both
away from him and yet also...
closer to him.
One day the clock and the calendar
will be my friend and take me
back to my father.
But until that day,
they are my enemies.
I am a high school U.S. history, world history, geography, economics, government teacher. I also facilitate ancient history, art history, and world history online classes. I teach at a county public alternative school for students who violate zero tolerance polices or have continual behavior issues. I started teaching in 2010 after serving in the military for 21 years.
I received my B.A. in history/education in 2010, focusing on early American history. I am a member of the following organizations:
- Phi Kappa Phi (oldest national honor society for all academic disciplines)
- Phi Alpha Theta (national honor society for history students)
- National Forensic League (speech and debate honor society)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
I am also a retired disabled Army veteran (1985 - 2006). I am a Southwest Asia veteran. I am also a former German & Arabic linguist.
"Sic Parvis Magna" ~ Heraldic motto of Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)
"De gustibus non est disputandum" ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
By the Rockets Red GlareIn the year of our Lord Seventeen Seventy Six
Things were going on in the Imperial sticks
Out in the Colonies Thirteen
They declared People Supreme
And birthed a new nation into the mix
It seems they all wished to be free
And showed great disrespect to tea
To protest King’s Largess
They formed a Congress
And bombarded His Majesty with a plea
Having fail to impress upon jurisprudence
Grabbed muskets an declared independence
Fought Redcoat an Hessian
Who made quite the Messian
And forced the King to commit costly vengeance
From Georgia to the tips of Maine
And funding from France and Spain
They built an army
And behaved calmly
And marched in sun, frost and rain
It is more than fair to mention
They did better than expectation
Though for a time
Not in battle line
Such was the cause of their desperation
Lacking in the tools of convention
They gave plots more than a mention
Going where Eagles Dare
By sailing the Delaware
They inflicted a state of exasperation
Which lead to the withdraw