The Infamous Shaira

Everyone in my life recognizes

That Shaira was a very special person in my life

Except Shaira, who has reduced my importance

To the occasional Facebook message

And wouldn’t make the trip for my funeral

Let alone my wedding

But everyone is dying to meet the infamous shaira who

When asked about my time in Korea

Was always the protagonist

Even her name now brings to mind

Four or five anecdotes

Worthy of a captive audience and a fair few chuckles

Poignant silences, groans

They say they’re curious to meet her

Dying to even, and that according to my stories

There’s no one in the world like her

That she’s very unique

But the stories come less and less easily to me


The Teacher’s Mistake #AmIcrossingtheline? #No? #Howaboutnow?

One of my student’s posted a photo of me

at her in-class birthday party

and facial recognition asked

to tag me. Minutes later

I received a friend request

and wondered if it’d be crossing the line

to accept it, right after i did


shortly after that, i accidentally

sent a dancing birthday bear

and she sent me a picture of her

in a corset. It was a halloween costume

and I told her she looked great in it

she sent me seven kissy face emojis

after that i got 40 more friend requests

all from my current students