BELIEF TRIMMINGS by Mawar Marzuki

By unpacking this suitcase
I will lead the life of a teacher in parenthesis
it isn’t easy
making new terms with the graffiti drawn on
it’s cover
the content needs innovation
I am still a teacher who finds her strength
holding on to her pedagogical needs
to deliver and motivate
drawing on her pedagogical knowledge
by reading the needs shone through
those innocent clever eyes
that have mountains to share
I am going to lead the life in parenthesis
no longer
A teacher who relies on the pedagogy of custom…
A teacher who feeds on the pedagogy of confinement….
A teacher who dances through the pedagogy of limitation….
yes…
I have to stand tall and say
I am not a walking dictionary
for meanings change
and beliefs need trimmings

Mawar Marzuki

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