Thursday, June 20, 2013

Traveling Poetry Friday

Thanks to Carol at Carol's Corner for being our host this week!


          It's very late, but I wanted to share a poem about this week, and what it's meant to me.  I am at the All Write Conference in Warsaw, Indiana, seeing amazing people present, meeting all, ALL those with whom I'm written for over two years now--Ruth, Stacey, Mary Helen, Amy, Bonnie, Christy, Deb G., Karen, Katherine, Ramona and Nancy. And meeting new people too, connecting because we are interested in being better educators.  It's been a marvelous day and there's one more to go!


          And I'm meeting and talking with these wonderful people kind of like we've know each other a long time.  And while it hasn't been many years, the time has passed, and stories have been told and read and appreciated.  What an inspiring group!

I found a poem about what we do, that speaks to the courage writers take when they put out their words for others.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

The poet is Anne Sexton, and the poem is Courage.

It begins:
         


It is in the small things we see it.
The child's first step,
as awesome as an earthquake.
The first time you rode a bike,
wallowing up the sidewalk.
      and the rest is here!  

18 comments:

  1. What a poem! Thanks so much for sharing it (hadn't seen it before).

    Wonderful to hear that you're having a great time at the conference. Anxious to hear more when you get back!

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    1. Hi Jama-evening-trying to get ready to leave tomorrow-will try to catch up with some of the posts tomorrow! I'll be sure to write some things about this experience over the next weeks-amazing people!

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  2. Nothing like the confidence gained from "hob-nobbing with your fellow wizards."

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    1. Thank you Margaret. It's been a pleasure!

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  3. I love Anne Sexton - definitely one of my favorite poets, such powerful words she wields.

    "Later,
    if you faced the death of bombs and bullets
    you did not do it with a banner,
    you did it with only a hat to
    cover your heart."

    Such striking images too.
    I'm glad that you're having so much fun at the All Write Conference - I can't wait to read your updates about this one. :)

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    1. I somehow came across this poem-takes my breath a way, Myra! Thanks, & I know I'll post about some of the learning. Another amazing day today!

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  4. How wonderful for you to meet all your regular fellow slicers!

    This is a great poem -- the last stanza is especially poignant for me on this trip home...

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    1. Yes, it's been terrific meeting and interacting with so many. I'm sure you know most of them, Mary Lee! Will you be in town, Mary Lee? If there is anything I can help with, please let me know. Sounds as if it might be a tough trip. Best wishes!

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    1. Me, too, Tammy. I know you would have had a ball!!

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  6. Beautiful poem - it brought tears to my eyes. I especially love the image of babying sorrow, and when it wakes from its nap it is transformed. Wow. Of course she had to use the word "earthquake," too...

    I am so excited for you to get to be with your online friends in person. Such a cool experience. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks Ruth. It was lots of fun, like you I suspect had fun at the IRA (I think). I am tired, though!

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  7. Wow, what a powerful poem. Thanks for sharing it, Linda. And I'm so glad you're enjoying the conference.

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    1. Thanks, Carmela. It's been much pleasure being here, talking about personal lives and our educational ones! Great conference!

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  8. Linda,
    The part you shared is a beautiful piece of a very heavy poem. Wow! That made me stop and think a bit.

    I hope you had fun at All Write. One of these years, I'm going to make it there. I was so glad everyone tweeted all the highlights.

    Cathy

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  9. Thanks Cathy, it was such fun! And I do think everyone stepped up with courage, hence the poem!

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  10. Wow, that's an amazing poem. So powerful. Enjoy your conference and all your writing buds. And may your writing bud even more!

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    1. Thank you Doraine! I am home now, just! And certainly am inspired!

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