Since April, 2020, I have been part of the poetry writing community at Ethical ELA–Open Write (five days monthly) and #Verselove (every April). That first April, while the world was in pandemic lockdown, a healing poetry community came together to write and support one another. This January, while I was traveling in Bahrain, jet-lagged and busy eating and visiting dear friends, I forgot about the five-day Open Write until the last day, when I wrote a quick “postcard” poem about Bahrain.
This week, I went back and had my own Open Write , writing one poem a day using the other prompts I missed last month. I’ve linked each prompt below, where you can hopefully find inspiration for your own writing, and maybe for your students too.
By the way, this Saturday, February 18, Open Write begins again at EthicalELA.com. Please join us. (I plan to not forget this time!)
Postcard Poetry with Barb Edler and Glenda Funk
(still are) home.
Though I’ve left, you hold me
Again in your open arms.
Connecting with Strong Women Among Us with Glenda Funk
Her husband in prison
No tuition fees
No money for living
But for years
she always said
God is great,
Connecting with Your Inner Self with Barb Edler
I am proud of my humility
I am kinder than I sometimes act
I am confident yet uncertain
I am creative yet fruitless
I am resourceful yet unimaginative
I am savvy yet slow
I am adept yet inept
I am conflicted
Connecting with School Communities in the Aftermath of Shootings and Lockdowns with Glenda Funk
Visit Moms Demand Action. (It’s not just for moms.) After reading these poems by educators about shootings and lockdowns, I wrote to my Congressional representative about gun violence, and I signed up for the first time to volunteer with Moms Demand Action.
Every day as she got up,
Jamie G. called down the stairs
to her early-rising father.
Five years ago, on February 14, 2018,
she stopped calling,
silenced by a gunman
at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
She was just a freshman.
Today she could have been
in her second year as a Florida Gator,
but she forfeited her future
because of political cowardice.
frozen in time,
no new memories
for her and her family to create.
How many more voices will be lost
before we take action?
Some thoughts in the poem above came from Jamie’s father, Fred Guttenberg, and a quote from Mike Barnicle on last Friday’s (2/20) Morning Joe clip.
Here is a Skinny poem about The Nature of Today’s World by high school senior Cam Prescott.
Connecting with Others or Things Through a Personal Letter Poem with Barb Edler
It’s difficult to believe You will win,
that You will forever be
a refuge for the hopeless.
It’s hard to trust that Your goodness
will shine like the dawn,
that Your deliverance
will break through the doom
as bright as the noonday sun.
When will that happen?
How long must the oppressed wait?
Do I still believe in You?
Will I fight for You to break through the chaos?
So many people continue to soldier on for Justice.
(I’m ashamed I don’t seek you wholeheartedly)
Others prowl and scratch hoping Justice will be obscured.
(I don’t want to be part of that group.)
So I must commit to join You,
for silence is not a neutral position.
I do believe in Justice, but, please,
help my unbelief.
6 thoughts on “A Slice of Life and the January Open Write”
I love this! And thank you for the link to join in with the poetry!
Beautiful photos and poems, Denise!
To answer your question, “How many more voices will be lost/before we take action?” The answer is thousands. Just last night, there was a mass shooting at Michigan State University. It’s the 67th mass shooting in the United States THIS YEAR ALONE! I do not understand how many in this country love their guns more than they love their fellow humans.
What Stacey said and thanks for our March challenge approaches.
Gun violence and mass shootings are unfortunately becoming a reality, Denise. Thank you for writing about these issues. Perhaps, others will see the wisdom of supporting the effort to stop the violence in the streets. Your poems were varied but all straight from the heart.
Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, violence, physical or mental will always be a part of human life. Regards, Lakshmi
Writing together helps us process our feelings about the world. I’m glad we are in this together.
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