Friday, September 11, 2015

I Love Them Both - Writing from Thinking

Loving Both
by Amy LV

Students - Sometimes I think about things and do not write about them for a long time.  Then, one day, for a reason I cannot explain, I will write about one of those things.  My parents have been divorced for a few years, and I love both of them very much.  It is different having them divorced, but my love is the same.  

Writing can help us think about funny things and serious things, and writing can help us figure out what we think too.  One reason I keep a notebook (see my notebooks blog here) is because it helps me figure out what is going on in my mind. Our busy days can keep us from hearing our own minds sometimes, but a notebook always listens.

It is so good to be back here at The Poem Farm. It was wonderful to teach classes and go camping and learn all kinds of things.  But I missed this place, and I missed you.  It is good to be back.

I have exciting news!  This week was the book birthday of JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES, the newest anthology by Lee Bennett Hopkins.  I am honored to have a poem in this beautiful collection illustrated by Jane Manning, and you can read a fabulous interview with Lee and read a few poems from the book (including mine) over at last week's post at Today's Little Ditty.

Available at Your Local Bookstore

Robyn is hosting today's Poetry Friday gathering over at Life on the Deckle Edge with a poem remembering 9/11.  Visit her place to find a roundup full of poems, poets, and many ways to fall in love with words.

Happy happy new school year to you, my dear friends!

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  1. It's so wonderful to have you back blogging again and with such a touching poem too! Congratulatins on having a poem in Lee's newest anthology. I don't have that one yet, but it's on my wish list! : )

  2. I've ordered the book, Amy. Congratulations again for your poem. Can't wait to see the rest of them. This poem today certainly would have been one to share with students. At this middle school level, it seemed to be the time for couple to decide to divorce, so I had more than one student each year come to tell me what was happening in their lives and how sad they were. Your poem shares something I know they questioned, how to 'feel' about each parent? Thank you for telling about your feelings.

  3. It's good to have you back, Amy. :) You've been missed.

  4. Amy,
    I thought your poem and drawing are a visual image that children of divorced parents can identify with.

  5. Welcome back, and thank for an important poem!

  6. {{Welcome back hugs...}}
    As usual, you've taken something with lots of crazy dynamics and emotions and wrangled it into accessible, comforting words - thanks for sharing. XO

  7. Such a sweet poem, Amy. I'm glad you captured those words and shared. It fits in nicely to Catherine's post from today - at Reading to the Core.