SOL16 - 31/31 - THE ENDINGI'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community for Day Thirty-One of Thirty-One of the Slice of Life Challenge in March. Thank you Stacey, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana, Kathleen, Beth, and Deb.
I began the journey of slicing in 2011, have now completed my sixth year of this challenge. This time I re-read all my past "final" slices, and the first "ending" one is here. In it, if you are interested, I write of gathering goodbye poems to print, laminate and give to students on the final day of school. And then that year, I wrote a goodbye poem to all the bloggers, YOU, who wrote so faithfully every day.
My feelings remain unchanged. I am grateful for the community, the care and support from the seemingly tireless hosts, and those numerous others who visited my blog. I read every day, the "now" lasting friendships I've made whether I've met you in person or not. And the wonderful thing is, through these years I have met some of you! Enjoy the rest of your year, whether teaching or in other adventures of the world. I will look for you on Tuesdays. . .
Here is the poem I wrote in 2011:
They say it is a passing
of one condition, form, stage, activity, etc.
They say—for grace—
to show kindness, flexibility,
and again and again,
to be civil.
of any kind
that I resist
when saying goodbye.
In this exertion
I find myself
weak, flabby and uncoordinated.
I stumble, sigh
and finally cry.
Linda Baie (C) All Rights Reserved