Substitute teachers, by Jennifer Brown Banks

An anomaly,
A modern-day mystery,
Part teacher,
Part understudy,

Academic scapegoats
Minus the authority,

In times of emergency,
Super heroes,
On the educational hierarchy,
Ground zero,
Bullied,
Threatened,
Propositioned,
Viewed by some
As the Opposition,

Disrespected
Unaffected,
Overlooked,
Underpaid,

The proud,
The few,
The brave–

Causing ambivalence,
,,
“Rent-a-cop”
Equivalents

JENNIFER BROWN BANKS is a poet and passionate word peddler. 
She is the founder of a community-based arts organization in Illinois.