Under the Sycamore Tree
is where we go to read when the weather
Permits it. Because it provides
the perfect blend of shade and sun, perched on a bench
under the sycamore tree. Let me tell you
about happy 7th graders: they're either propped up
against another trunk or sprawled on the soft, spring grass.
Books in hand, they squint in the bright sunlight. The copper koi
send gentle ripples across the top of the small pond in our
Outdoor Classroom. Contentment is much more easily found
in a fictional world where students groan in protestation
When they have to stop reading and return inside; the air
does not stir nor smell so clean as outside. On a clear spring day.
Under the Sycamore Tree.