NYCWP Voices

NYCWP Voices: “Aren’t You Glad We Met?” by Marina Lombardo

December 8, 2015

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Once monthly, the New York City Writing Project celebrates the teacher-as-writer by publishing works of poetry and prose written by its teachers. If you are interested in submitting your work to NYCWP Voices, please read the submissions guidelines and submit your work by email to


Aren’t You Glad We Met?

-Marina Lombardo

I’m from rocks

rattling my windows

on rich Brooklyn streets. Rustling lost jewels

All recognizing transitions,

pathways still forming

across the dirt

clearing with each step

encouraging whatever life climbs

through the trees.

A statue sits contently

At home

Memorizing an empty space

And then forgetting it

Marina1 MARINA LOMBARDO taught upper elementary students and served as an instructional coach at P.S. 94 in the Bronx for eight years before moving her practice outside of the city. Through her participation in the New York City Writing Project Elementary Leadership Program (2010-2013), Marina discovered her passion for inquiry-based learning and was eager to make it an integral part of her practice, both with students and herself. Integrating technology regularly became a major part of her focus and spending a summer working with the Youth Voices study group (2013) allowed her to continue to explore unique and current ways to connect students using multiple entry points. Marina received the NYCWP’s Second Year Fellowship in 2014 and has since facilitated several NYCWP workshops on NYC DOE Chancellor’s PD days. She is currently a co-facilitator of the NYCWP’s Summer Open Institute for teachers of grades K-8 and teaches grades 5 and 6 in Pocantico Hills, NY.