Soup after School
Photo by Amy LV
Students - A few months ago, I had a conversation with a smart young girl. I asked her what she was good at, and she said, "I don't play soccer or dance like lots of the kids in my class do." She then told me about how she goes home after school and plays and colors and reads. This got me thinking about how sometimes people (me included) focus a lot on accomplishments and signing up for things and taking classes. I enjoy taking classes, but there is a lot of value in working for your family, a lot of value in spending time well on our own and with our elders.
Today's poem came from a conversation that taught me something. This young girl made me reflect on my own life, on how I can instill the value of work and family time in me and in our children. Our conversation also made me think about volunteering, how I would like to spend time teaching free classes for children and adults who cannot afford them but would still like to attend.
You will notice that this poem is in free verse - it does not rhyme. As I wrote, I still read the lines aloud many times to hear if the rhythms sounded good, but there is not a clear or set meter or rhyme throughout. Sometimes free verse seems to fit a serious topic well. (Did you notice that there is a wee bit of rhyme at the end - ballet and today?)
One of my favorite poem books about families is OH, BROTHER! by Nikki Grimes.
Stay tuned for March Madness with Ed DeCaria at Think Kid Think. Along with 63 others, I will participate in the March Madness Poetry Tournament! He has a great plan, and we're just waiting for Sunday when the kickoff begins. I encourage you to stop by and vote on the poems!
Myra is hosting today's Poetry Friday family get together over at Gathering Books. There you will find a table set with words, a home filled with friends. Enjoy!
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