Saturday, August 7, 2010

MyPoWriYe #129 - Alone

by Amy LV

Students - Sometimes writing comes from a feeling.  We can think of an emotion we are experiencing right now or one that we remember. Writing can help us to make sense of our days, say things we wish to say to other people, slow down, and clear our heads.

Teachers - Writing helps us heal.  I cannot recommend highly enough Ruth's recent post at Two Writing Teachers about her children's swim teacher, Nate.  She lovingly lists all he has taught her about teaching.  And one day after Ruth wrote her post, Nate's weak heart failed and he died.  Please read about this wise young man here, and hold his words close in your own teaching.  You can also follow Ruth as she writes more about the power of writing to heal.

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  1. Amy,

    That story about Nate is so sad. I'm sure the people whose lives he touched will remember him lovingly.

    This is a lovely "quiet" poem that speaks to the times when we need to be alone.

  2. Elaine,
    I'm so glad you got to read that article. It moved me deeply.
    Thank you for your words here on my poem too. Lately I've needed some alone time myself...

  3. Amy,
    Thanks for the kind words and the link to the posts about Nate. I think it is a sign of a life well lived when we continue influencing others even after we have passed on.