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Teaching: A poem by Jim Wayne Miller

Teaching:

is running in place
with weights on your feet.

It's an old injury
that never heals and so
I go into each hour still
sore from the last exercise.

Loving the possibilities
of wood--slender shapes,
wings, visions of flight
frozen in seasoned stock
dry and durable--I work
in a sultry greenhouse air,
sculpting in ice

shapes that melt in the mind.
I write on water. I sweat
and always come away wet
behind the ears.

--Jim Wayne Miller (1936-1996)
Former WKU Professor in Modern Languages
and Intercultural Studies Department

Copyright Jim Wayne Miller. Posted with permission of Dr. Miller.


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