The Duplex of Virtual Teaching

Margaret Simon

Butterfly wings remind her of her mother
A monarch is held by a child’s fingers

A child’s fingers hold her face before a screen
The screen fades as she covers her mouth to speak

If she can fade by covering her mouth
no one will notice she is there

No one will notice she is there
or not there; activate the mute button

Activate mute speaks louder than words
In a virtual world, you may miss something

In a virtual world, you may miss
her hand reaching out to touch you

Her hand may reach out to touch you
like a mother’s touch in butterfly wings

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