Dove Ornament, 1976
Photo by Amy LV
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Students - Today's poem is a metaphor poem. This means that while it is about one thing, it is also about another thing. In one way, this poem is about an injured dove and some wise children who care for it. But if you read the poem again, holding it to the light differently, you may see that it is also about all pain and healing, especially the sadness we feel in the loss of so many children and grown-ups in Newtown, CT.
I write poems to help me understand things, and while I will never understand what happened in Newton, I believe that the power of kindness is very strong. We do heal each other with love, and when we see someone suffering...we can make the world more gentle through our own kindness.