Sing of the balance she strikes between teaching and living with her husband, Steve, and two children at home and one out of the nest and far away.
Imagine her writing lesson plans with essential questions and connections to the world outside her classroom.
See her classroom writers engaged in workshops,
Writing, revising, reading, revising, editing.
Sing of her weekends spent reading and listening to books while she makes soap in the kitchen.
Sing of her long autumn walks among maples and oaks
And many cups of coffee and tea.
Sing of her winters with ten feet of snow
and snow days watching the world
hidden under thick white blankets
Sing of her spring that comes much too late
and stays too briefly
before rolling into her summer full of workshops and learning and happy surprises.
Sing of Mrs. Huff, Muse, as the wheel of the year turns once more
and a new September brings a new group of writers to her classroom.
At the Kenyon Writer’s Workshop for Teachers in summer of 2015, I wrote this poem by way of introduction, and it serves as well as any other.