Students - Today's poem is, I suppose, a cross between my own curiosity about what my life would have been like if I'd been born elsewhere (would I be me?) and my sadness about racism and fighting and war. Each of us is plopped into a life situation beyond our control, and at some point....we begin controlling it more and more. I feel very fortunate to live in a peaceful place, yet I am very aware that it could have been different.
Writing that last sentence, I heard an echo in it. In her wonderful poem Otherwise, poet Jane Kenyon repeats the line, "It might/have been otherwise." And at this moment, I know for certain that the title of today's poem came straight from Kenyon's poem, one I have read over and over again.
Remember to reread poems and books that you love. When we do this, the rhythms and melodies of line and story become embroidered upon our own writing hearts.
Over at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, you can find out who won the book giveaway of Aimee Buckner's NOTEBOOK KNOW-HOW. Coming next over there is recent high school graduate, Alexandra Zurbrick, and I am excited to welcome her.
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