with thanks to Andrew Moore, host of Sunday’s Open Write on Ethical ELA. Andrew challenged teacher-poets to compose around lament plus celebration (these don’t have to be related; this is meant to be exercise in writing freely, in any form). He writes: “My inspiration comes from a distinct lack of good sadness, grief, and lament beside a healthy laugh and looking forward to the changes the future may bring.”The poem can be as light-hearted, silly, or serious as the poet desires.
Here’s where I am today:
Today, I mourn the destruction of trees along my rural byways the displacement of wildlife the destruction of Ukraine the displacement of her people the systemic demoralization of teachers the systemic misplacement of trust
Today, I celebrate the remnants of trees wildlife Ukraine her people teachers trust
Today, I hope for restoration in revelation and reverence
before all become revenants
“The Elephant – great destruction.” Public domain. Note the trees, the cities, the elephant all in stages of disappearing … elephants, by the way, symbolize wisdom, memory, prosperity…
with thanks also to Two Writing Teachers for the Slice of Life Story Challenge every day in the month of March.