Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone, to the Roundup! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) It’s been so nice to see some new people joining in and blogging these past couple of months. We are a welcoming community, and I hope you feel that and reach out with any questions you have!
Well, it’s only a couple of weeks until We Belong publishes, so I’m sharing another excerpt. This bit follows a verse about being local and giving a warm welcome to people who have come from someplace else…
Do you come from close by?
From a town that’s quite near?
The one with tall buildings
and the old, wooden pier?
Or maybe you come from some other land.
Did you drive along highways?
Trek across sand?
Did you have a front yard
or a field full of sheep?
Did traffic or sirens
keep you from sleep?
I wanted to make this verse inclusive of all kids who have moved somewhere else—whether they’ve moved across town, across state, or across the world. Whether they’ve come from somewhere similar or someplace more urban or rural—or more peaceful or war-torn. An asylum-seeking family from Syria, whom I met in Cyprus several years ago, was in my head and my heart as I worked on this passage.
Next week, I’ll be doing my first in-person school visits in TWO WHOLE YEARS! I’m both excited and nervous to see what is the same and what is different. I’ll be sharing We Belong with kindergartners and first graders at four schools, and we’ll be writing We Belong poems together. I wonder how it’ll go?
Curious about a collaborative We Belong poem? Please come to my book launch event, where we’ll write one together and I’ll share a template to use with students. Hope you can come!
Meanwhile, Mr. Linky is rounding us up, so just click to add your link and find the other links to visit. I look forward to reading all of your posts this weekend! Happy Poetry Friday, everybody :>)