Parts and particles
are both individual and collective,
masses separated yet still meaningful to the whole.
Parts and participles
are both description and action,
leavings and leftovers of completed thoughts
still not forming easily.
so partly present
so partly absent
like our virtual classes,
gatherings which feel unconnected and scattered.
Yet with intention,
participation is parts joined
that generate a particular clarity,
particles seen clearly through crystal screens,
the spark and sparking light in distant eyes and minds.
I dwell on all the parts of this “pandemic teaching”,
marginalized parts, too important to the whole.
the adjective – ambiguous in its modification;
teaching from a distance?
teaching that doesn’t touch
the feeling parts.