Friday, September 18, 2020

Poems Can Help Us Make Decisions

 

Monday Two
Photo by Amy LV



Students - This week, one of our class fish, Monday, died. We got a new Monday, but we still remember our old Monday.

Today's poem is a little bit of a goodbye, a little bit of a love poem, and a little bit of a heart-opening-decision. I was sad about Monday's death, but writing about it helped me want to love Monday Two too.

If ever you are wrestling with something inside of yourself, try writing. It might help.

Our Tank with Old Monday
Photo by Amy LV

Matt is hosting this week's Poetry Friday party over at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme with the roundup and a giveaway of a new Lee Bennett Hopkins anthology, NIGHT WISHES. All are welcome each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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13 comments:

  1. Creative & thoughtful way of looking at time, death, and hope. Very nice, Amy!

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  2. Love this! Monday Two. When I was growing up we had a Midnight Two, a second black kitten, after the first sadly passed. There are no limits to what one can learn at school.

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  3. Whoever named your fish Monday is tip-top in my book! I have a friend who has named all of her dogs, Tizzy..,Tizzy 1, Tizzy 2, Tizzy 3...She currently has Tizzy 4. Love your advice to write your feelings, as well. :)

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  4. I'm so sorry about Monday, Amy. The grief is real. I still remember the class gerbil who died when I was in first grade.

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  5. Lovely poem, Amy. Thanks for sharing. I think about you a lot being back in the classroom. I hope your students realize how lucky they are! Take care and stay safe.

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  6. I love "Monday Two too." Great line. Great poem.

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  7. Oh, this is so sweet. I'm going to share this one with my middle schoolers.

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  8. It's so loving you wrote about Monday, Amy. I had a fish tank in my classroom through the years & it helped us talk about death & grief. This was with middle-schoolers. It's a lovely poem.

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  9. Goldfish in a classroom tank is a lesson in love and grief. I love the name Monday. We had a guinea pig named Mr. Pants. Never know what kids will come up with. I have monarch caterpillars and my students are in the process of naming them. I want to share your poem with them so they can see how they could write about our caterpillars, too.

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  10. So sorry about Old Monday. I love this poem. Pets are important in classes.

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  11. Aw, I love this. We can learn to love new, more, even after loss.

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  12. I love your tip for students, Amy:
    If ever you are wrestling with something inside of yourself, try writing. Writing is such a cathartic experience.

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  13. It's hard to loose a fish, or a pet, even when it's only very new. I think your poem helps that little lump in all of our throats. I lost a very big fish this summer that was in my backyard pond. I had the fish for 13 years and it was taken away I think by a raccoon. I owe my dear Amber a poem, thanks Amy, xo.

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