As you may have noticed Amy from The Poem Farm and I traded hosting
days. If you normally keep the Poetry Friday schedule on your page
please post the change. Amy will be hosting on November 30th.
I am so excited and honored to be joined by amazing and inspiring writers, readers and thinkers today. Thank you for celebrating poetry with me at Teaching Young Writers. My poetry offering is meant to inspire you to see beyond your troubles, pain, suffering or struggle. Our stories are written chapter by chapter.
I live in a community that has a reputation for violence. However, I am so proud of the young people in this same community who refuse to be defined by negativity, who refuse to live in a world that doesn't hear them and who refuse to sit by and watch their community crumble. These same young adults organized a march of more than 2,000
students, parents, and community members from theirs and surrounding communities to show that "We Are One
" following an act of violence wrongly generalized as an act of the community's public school's students. I heard them and I hope others will heed their message of hope.
I have once again found myself on the near other side of a painful chapter in life. I am so close I can practically see how much better life will be once I am through it. Different types of pain, different struggles, it is what makes us who we are. The struggle is worth it once we have found ourselves on the other side of the pain we have felt and lived through. Everyone feels pain differently, literally, figuratively, excruciatingly, negatively...multiple ways. But we all feel it. We all live it and hopefully we all move to the chapter beyond it. I first posted the poem below in March (my first time posting to Poetry Friday) after living a long chapter of very literal pain that after years of searching for a means to health was slayed. I could only write this once I was well beyond it, but I still feel my victory.
The Chapter Beyond Pain
I have known pain
I will know it again.
A crime against pain I would commit
With no shame.
It distracts me, attacks me.
In its scope it will track me.
Pain is blinding and binding
Debilitating without discriminating.
Pain can prickle or trickle
Throw me down without thought.
When faced in its arena
It counts me as weak
It stands confident before me
Intimidating, me bleak.
But I choose what I see
In those moments of pain.
Though distant, I see it,
My weapon to slay.
I reach out for it
Grabbing that place beyond pain
My defense from the wounds
From worries and shame.
I have known pain
I will know it again.
I will be swinging my lasso throughout the day as time allows to summarize the poetic offerings of this enlightening community. Hope you can stop back often to share in the greatness.
- Renée LaTulippe, from No Water River brings us some GOOD NEWS, a
celebratory GIVEAWAY, and an interview with poet CARRIE FINISON, who is
sharing her fun poetry video for "Idunno."
- Charles Ghigna, is harvesting the Fruit of the
Moon Tree at Father Goose. Go read his poem and check out
the accompanying artwork by Chip Ghigna.
- Sylvia Vardell shares A Clam by Jack
Prelutzsky at THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY along with some
great teaching tips for this week's theme, In the Water.
- Myra invites us to read and eat some poetry at
- Robyn Hood Black at Read, Write, Howl tells us where seconds
graders find poetry.
- Dian Mayr At Randlom
Noodling has an original poem, "With a Bang and a
Flash." She also invites us to visit Kurious
Kitty with a very old poem from China and KK's
Kwotes quote for today is by Czeslaw Milosz.
- April Halprin Wayland from Teaching Authors shares a patient poem and a
writing workout as she wrestles with realizing that maybe her writing life
ISN'T going to go the way she thinks it's supposed to...
- Linda at Teacherdance is celebrating her birthday
today (I am singing the Happy Birthday song right now so join in
everybody). She brings us a poem about Columbus Day with mixed feelings.
- Tabatha Yeatts from The Opposite of Indifference brings a
collection of J.R. Solonche.
- Amy Ludwig VanDerwater from The Poem Farm has a little poem about a
little brother who is no longer just observing his world, but crawling
- Heidi Mordhorst shares a wonderful Ode on
Dictionaries at My Juicy Little Universe.
- Mary Lee comes to us from A Year of Reading with a poem of
- Jama is celebrating Fall at Jama's Alphabet Soup today with a 4-book Janet Wong
- Jeff Barger At NC Teacher Stuff, is featuring a football
poem penned by the late Steve Sabol.
- Laura at Author Amok is featuring poet Tony Medina's children's books
from now until the presidential election. You'll also want to check out the wonderfully rich verse biography
of Bob Marley, I AND I BOB MARLEY and the book trailer!
- Laura Purdie Salas from Writing the World for Kids is in with another poem from the
beautiful new National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, with a link to the
- Liz Steinglass at Growing Wild has an original poem about Malala Yousafzai,
the Pakistani girl who was targeted by the Taliban because she is a vocal
advocate for girls' education.
- Katya Czaja from Write. Sketch. Repeat. shares a poem from Kipling's The Vampire. She has an interesting unraveling of information including a related play and a movie.
- Anastasia Suen from Booktalking shares
Self-Portrait With Seven Fingers, a biography of Marc Chagall in free verse.
- Jone is featuring one of Irene Latham's original poems titled "Window," at Check It Out.
- Steven Withrow from Crackles of Speech shares an original tanka poem, a poetry form from classical Japan.
- Tara from A Teaching Life brings a poem called Courage and an inspiring heartfelt story about the struggles of a young girl living in Pakistan.
- Karen Edmisten shares a delightful "October," by Robert Frost.
- Andromeda Jazmon from A Wrung Sponge has an original poem titled "Missing Cat" that follows a trimeric form.
- Matt Forrest from Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme is featuring "The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue," and for the first time his recorded reading of the piece.
- Little Willow at Bildungsroman shares a quote from The
Mathematician's Apology by Hardy.
- Sylvia Vardell was back for more from her own blog Poetry for Children to share a great list of text sets for young writers (it's like she wrote it for me, I love it)!
- Ruth from There is no such thing as a God-Forsaken town brings us a poem that reminds us most things in life are invisible.
- Elaine Magliaro from Wild Rose Reader takes us into her childhood with a poem of burning leaves and memories.
- The Write Sisters have a poem by Cheyenne poet, Lance Henson.
- Marjorie at Paper Tigers brings an animated poem to the party.
- MotherReader is reviewing and sharing a poem from Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It.
- Lorie Ann Grover gives us a two-fer with a one sentence poem at On Point and Readertotz will have you saying "be-doodly dum be doodly day!"
- Mrs. Merrill's Book Break features a poem by Charles Ghigna called "The Scary Dictionary."
- Doraine Bennett shares a poem by James Dickey at Dori Reads.
- Kort brings us some prose from Dorianne Laux. Go read some powerful words over at One Deep Drawer.
- Joy has ideas for a Halloween costume. If you haven't made your decision yet check out her poem at Poetry for Kids Joy.
Wow, what a delight today has been. I have been showered in a vast variety of words and phrases and loved it from start to finish. If you post late or even tomorrow I will be back to add you so don't be shy, join in!