Students - About a month ago, I stopped in a local cemetery to walk around, to think. I often do this; something about the quiet dead reminds me to live while I can, something about the stones and stories speaks to me.
Well, on this day, I paused in my car for a bit as a woman visited graves and placed flowers -- some on the headstones and some stuck into the dirt, as if she were planting them. I was moved by her thoughtfulness. When the woman left, I followed her path, reading the names of the people she had visited. I imagined they were her friends.
I wrote about this in my notebook, drafted an early poem, and revisited it, playing with form and sound and line breaks for today's poem.
Places. People. Go somewhere and just watch. Think about the stories going on all around you, the ones you might miss if you're thinking about what you need to do later or if you're looking down at a phone or a game.
Just go somewhere with your notebook. Watch people. The world is full of stories waiting for each one of us.
Many congratulations to Kathleen Sokolowski, winner of Georgia Heard's AWAKENING THE HEART and HEART MAPS! Thank you again to Georgia for such an inspiring post last week, and thank you to Heinemann for the generous giveaway. Kathleen - please send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail address, and I will forward it on to Heinemann.
In my other online home, I am so happy to welcome fellow Poetry Friday blogger, writer, and teacher Kiesha Shepard to Sharing Our Notebooks. Stop on over there, peek into her notebooks, leave a comment...and maybe, just maybe, thank you to Kiesha, you might win a Mary Oliver poetry book.
If you are a teacher in an urban school, and if you are interested in trying a poetry lesson or two, please send me an e-mail to email@example.com. I am writing a book which will include student poems, and so this is a possible (unpaid, but cool) publishing opportunity for students in grades 2 - 8.
Catherine is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup over at Reading to the Core. All are always welcome to visit the roundup, to meet new poems and friends.
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