“The Bridge To Nowhere” by C. Jean Pearlstein

L.A. Times article on valued added by LAUSD teachers
Ranking them by name.
Final blow for struggling, depressed young man
He jumped off the bridge
Jumped to freedom from brutal pain
Jumped to freedom from humiliation
Jumped from possible reprimand or job loss
Potential heard in children’s memories, lost
A son, lost
A mentor, lost

Later, tender hearted Tyler Clement
Outed on Skype broadcast
Unthinking, reptilian brain cruelty and callousness
A talented musician lost hope
Lost hope for a good life
Lost hope for acceptance
Lost hope for ecstatic pleasure

Jumped off the bridge
Writing this tears roll down my face
The daughter, mother, and grandmother of sensitive young men and women,

a teacher, a tender hearted nurse, and music students.
Welcome to the information highway.

C. Jean Pearlstein

© 2010

4 comments

  1. lkthayer · October 13, 2010

    Very powerful images and writing Jean, thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Angela Cohan · October 13, 2010

    So profound–I loved it when Jean read it in class last week.

  3. Roz Levine · October 13, 2010

    Jean, I love the way you take on the issues of the day in such a pwerful way. Now, for the song!

  4. Matthew · October 15, 2010

    Clear and to the heart. Thanks.

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