'Teacher Bo! Teacher Andy! Teacher Xiu Xiu!'
I'm many teachers at once
When the kids tap on my shoulders
I smile at them and make funny faces
'Teacher Andy! Teacher Bo! Teacher Silly!'
they cry delighted, their giggles
all around me, their energy overwhelming
I cannot help but sweat
the humidity, the stress, my lack of authority
'Teacher Lore' – I say – 'I'm teacher Lore'
I repeat while pointing at my chest
'Good morning teacher! Hi teacher Bo, Andy, Silly!'
I'm all these people and more
In the meantime the school band is playing Thai
tunes that I don't know. I escape
into the classroom and wait for my turn;A day at the kindergarten has just begun.