(Wrote this little poem in honor of faculty development week. Yeah right. Enjoy ;-)!!!!)
And when one faculty is developed,
What happens to the rest?
Do they whither and crack like dry hay
Turn into tumbleweeds
Quietly roll in the wind, cross paths with
Ghosts of cowboys killed in shoot outs
Or accidentally hit in merrymaking
When random folk shoot their guns
In the air, as if bullets don’t fall,
fast and fatally upon reveling heads?
Do they turn sour like pansit,
Left too long out on the buffet table
Then taken to work the next day
Noodles mushy and stinky with
Yesterday’s unfulfilled wish?
Or do they take off?
Lani T. Montreal is an educator, writer, performer, and community activist. Her writings have been published and produced in Canada, the U.S., the Philippines and in cyberspace. Among her plays are: Nanay, Panther in the Sky, Gift of Tongue, Looking for Darna, Alien Citizen, Grandmother and I, and her most-toured comedy drama about gender and immigration, titled Sister OutLaw. She is the recipient of the 2016 3Arts Djerassi Residency Fellowship for Playwriting, 2009 3Arts Ragdale Residency Fellowship, the 2001 Samuel Ostrowsky Award for her memoir “Summer Rain,” and was finalist for the 1995 JVO Philippine Award for Excellence in Journalism for her environmental expose “Poison in the River.” Lani holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She teaches writing at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago and writes a blog called “Fil-in-the-gap”. (filinthegap.com.) She lives (and loves) in Albany Park, Chicago with her multi-species, multi-cultural family.
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