Next week, our students begin
a dystopian book unit —
tales of a world gone awry,
and teen protagonists challenging power.
Today, Russia violently invades Ukraine,
Australian towns are underwater,
fire ravages the west,
cities in Africa thirst for drinking water,
books are banned and burned,
some young people destroy
at the command of a social media platform.
There is hope,
students calling on everyone
to wear yellow and blue for Ukraine,
Greta Thunberg and others
speaking up for the planet,
voices of children
crying out against gun violence.
I wonder if my student’s new book unit
should instead be called non-fiction?