A Coincidence of Greatness
On 12 February 1809, the yelp
of a newborn could be heard in
a one-room log cabin on Sinking
Spring Farm, near Hodgenville,
Kentucky.That same Sunday, four thousand
miles and a brute ocean away?
a Canada-wide and far reach?
another baby’s howl disturbed
enchanted hallways of ?The Mount,?
a mansion in Shrewsbury, England.The first cry belonged to one who
would do battle with unreason,
freeing over three million of his
countrymen born brown; the second
cry came from one who would unleash
reason on a dumbstruck world,
explaining that all species of life
evolved from common ancestors.
Over two hundred years ago,
two infants who announced
themselves on the same day
would be endlessly hounded,
pursued by their own sentences,
or be roundly revered until
the third week of forever.–J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved
3) Finally, a quick plug for The Poetry Friday Anthology. I’ve posted here about it many times (just type in Poetry Friday Anthology in the Search box at the top right to find those posts). I’ve been sharing it at teacher inservices recently, and it is the one book that really is a life preserver to many of them. Not only is it a well-organized book of K-5 poems, but it actually teaches you how to easily read those poems with your kids and meet the Common Core State Standards at the same time. It’s a phenomenal resource for you or your favorite teacher!