Targets and Landscapes Leave a Comment academic freedom, Common Core Standards, Creativity, education, Poetry, Teaching and LearningThey tell me to post A target. Now: Stay on target. They supplied the target. They required which bow to use And which arrow. They demand results: Everyone needs to hit the target. Everyone needs to aim better Exactly where they say to aim With exactly the tools they supplied. Bulls-eye or bust. They tell me to follow An itinerary. Go here and here and here. They supply the vehicle (On foot is not efficient.) They require a path of main highways, Well traveled. They demand we all arrive On time Exactly where they want us to be And with the same mileage. I don’t see the posted targets to shoot at. If I’m here to hunt at all, I see quarry to chase – but not to kill. To catch. To keep. I don’t see an itinerary. I see a landscape To explore. I follow unknown things to unknown places And take my charges with me. I give them compasses, Some survival techniques, Some landmarks, sites, and sights They might want to look for, And tools for exploration. I let them loose. But some refuse to leave. They stay safely close at hand Asking for a target And instructions for hitting it And marks for success. But others run off Ahead of me And return later With tales And treasures I did not expect.