Untitled Poem by Beth Strano | Facing History & Ourselves

Untitled Poem by Beth Strano

Read this poem by Beth Strano with your students to consider what a brave classroom community looks like.


  • English & Language Arts
  • History
  • Social Studies


English — US


There is no such thing as a “safe space” —

We exist in the real world.

We all carry scars and have caused wounds.

This space

seeks to turn down the volume of the world outside,

and amplify voices that have to fight to be heard elsewhere,

This space will not be perfect.

It will not always be what we wish it to be


It will be our space together,

and we will work on it side by side. 1

  • 1Beth Strano, "Untitled," posted to Facebook June 25, 2021. We originally posted a version of this poem attributed to Mickey ScottBey Jones. After learning that Jones' version was plagiarized, we have replaced it with the original poem by Beth Strano. Please use Strano's version going forward.

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Facing History & Ourselves, “Untitled Poem by Beth Strano”, last updated August 9, 2023.

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