Skipping a Beat

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

-Jack Kerouac


Image by: Roblespepe Used under CC

I ran across an old Kerouac poem that reminded me of my younger college days when I loved beat poetry and would write poetry daily.  Sometimes getting something published or performing for others, but often just keeping the writings to myself.  Wow, has it really been 20 years since I’ve visited this stylistic form?

In an effort to get in touch with the creative writing I have so shamefully abandoned, I gave myself over this morning to the stream of consciousness approach to writing poetry in the beat style. Something that I haven’t done in years and something that I’m discovering I still love.

I’m a little older, a little wiser, and my writing more focused. So I offer to you a beat poem (yes its better to be read aloud and with the proper cadence but I’ll post an audio file when I have time to record it).   Love to hear your thoughts on my postmodern beat poetry about revogogy and education.


by: John Wick

We’ve been lied to, my friends, in the vast swaths of our mediocre understanding.

We’ve taken the dream and perverted it with the unalienable thought that what we do is for the good of the world.

We’ve been told and molded and formed and shaped and broken down into a seemingly conglomerate mass of pedagogical stylings that even John Dewey would abhor.


The man with the plan.

The man who could see into the future and others stood on his gargantuan shoulders years later to see a little further.


Now, we are left with those who would steal from those who have stood upon his shoulders in the name of seeing further, yet seeing only what he once saw.

The challenge of man.

The ability to form thoughts into words, words into action, action into life, life into meaning.

I say to you wayward teacher.

I say to you.

Break free from the shackles of your indentured servitude.

Open your minds and your hearts to the essence of being.

Challenge those who challenge not. For in that most challenging of challenges we are by our very nature, one.

In doing so we will form the future in that one word that has come to mean all that we are and all that we do as an educated professional.