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Connie Wanek - After Us

I don't know if we're in the beginning
or in the final stage.
                    -- Tomas Tranströmer

Rain is falling through the roof.
And all that prospered under the sun,
the books that opened in the morning
and closed at night, and all day
turned their pages to the light;

the sketches of boats and strong forearms
and clever faces, and of fields
and barns, and of a bowl of eggs,
and lying across the piano
the silver stick of a flute; everything

invented and imagined,
everything whispered and sung,
all silenced by cold rain.

The sky is the color of gravestones.
The rain tastes like salt, and rises
in the streets like a ruinous tide.
We spoke of millions, of billions of years.
We talked and talked.

Then a drop of rain fell
into the sound hole of the guitar, another
onto the unmade bed. And after us,
the rain will cease or it will go on falling,
even upon itself.

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Poet: Connie Wanek
Poem: After Us
Poem of the Day: Dec 24 2009

Comment 4 of 4, added on July 18th, 2014 at 7:04 PM.
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nepLtf Im obliged for the blog article.Much thanks again. Great.

crorkservice from Czech Republic
Comment 3 of 4, added on November 10th, 2008 at 8:41 PM.

I am attracted by thie poem After Us.In my opinion,cold rain is the line that links up the past, the present and the future,for it fell in the past;it is falling at present; and it will fall in the future.It falls on every element of our life.We human beings are so small and weak. There are so many unknowable things.We don't know where we are from and where we are going. We can do nothing but only talk and talk and talk, and go on with our life,whether sad or happy.

Wang Ailing from China
Comment 2 of 4, added on March 6th, 2006 at 3:18 PM.

is hard to believe that being a lone spectacle of a classroom could benefit any child.
Between 11 and 12 percent of the school population is considered disabled. Before the Individuals with Disabilities Act was enacted a majority of these students labeled as disabled would be shipped to state institutions where instead of being assessed, educated, and rehabilitated they would be pushed aside, often treated with cruelty, left with no hope for any sort of normality (Staples 1). The Individuals with Disabilities Act has helped to improve these harsh conditions that many disabled children faced in the 1960’s, but now that times are changing and state institutions aren’t the only option for the disabled, the act is rapidly being used against the children. Schools have been using the act for their benefit as an excuse to deny the opinions of professionals and the preference of parents by placing desperate needs children in regular classrooms (Murphy 1). Diane Gagnon, a legal counsel for Alberta Education explains, “The act states they must ‘consult’ with parents; it does not say they need the consent of parents” (Daniel 2). In regards to statements like these parents are complaining that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act gives the schools too much control over the education of their disabled child (Arnold and Dodge). This explanation is an outrage as parents should have the first say in all aspects of their children’s lives as they know their own children better than any school professional. The fact is clear, schools are placing disabled children in regular classes for two reasons, they are afraid to act against the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act wrongly and to avoid costly special education services (Staples 1).
Blue ribbon panel member Georgina Doherty simply states, “If you are to have proper integration where it is possible for everybody to benefit, it is not economical” (Daniel 2).


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