This is poem #5 of Free Verse Week II, continuing through Friday.
I do love losing power. That's the truth. I love the mystery of not knowing when (if?) it's coming back and the way time stops in the wondering. There is an excitement in unexpected days: snow days, big storms, no lights. When my sister and I were children, I had this same thrill in preparedness too; I even wrote an essay about it - "Once a Squirrel, Always a Squirrel" - for our local NPR station. Just Monday, our family received a wonderful package from our friend Rachel in Oregon, and of course I was enthralled by the teeny LED flashlights, immediately tucking them in a safe place, one per child, for the next power-out. Oh, they're on the spice rack. In case I forget.
Students - here's a secret about writing. Sometimes you might want to write a poem or a story, and you might not exactly remember a particular detail. This is ok. You can make it work by asking, "What probably happened?" or "What would I have liked to happen?" or "What should have happened?" Not every poem is 100% true; not every poem is true at all! And while the spirit of this poem is true, the facts are not all true. When my daughter Georgia read these words, she said, "We never really lost power for a week," and she's right. But our friends did, and they came to stay with us. I wanted that week-loss to be in my poem, so I put it there. You are the boss of your own poem. Isn't that the best?
Today is The National Day on Writing. Consider heading over to NCTE to add some of your writing or some children's writing to the galleries.
This is the first day of SPARK 10! I cannot wait to see the "inspiration piece" my partner Amy (!) will send. I have already sent her mine - it was yesterday's poem, "Everynight Everywhere". When Amy and I have both responded to our "inspiration pieces", I hope to share our response pieces here.
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