I Bowed Because

I am teaching a poetry unit to some young people and had to struggle a bit to put my favorite (stolen) mantra, “everyone has a poem – and a story – to tell.”

I love poetry. I don’t believe in dissecting it, even though we have to do a little of that; I believe in creating it and sharing it.

My one stopping block–I haven’t written much poetry. I had to get over my own hangups about not having the “talent”to write it in order to help my students write it. Then, in my wanderings,I rediscovered a few concrete poems, a form in which the poetry literally takes a physical form. I knew I had to give it a shot, and suddenly my hangups disappeared.

I think it was a great lesson that, Sometimes, just finding a new perspective can turn a giant hurdle into a tiny little crack in the path. And most of us can easily get over those.

One thought on “I Bowed Because

  1. Hello Rachel, times are bad around here, and every little bit helps. Your poem did. Thank you.

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