Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
First up, if you’re an educator, please check out my template for writing a “We Belong” poem, which I shared a few days ago. :>)
Now…the week before last, my husband and I took a staycation–unplugging from work and news and doing things we loved all week. What an unbelievable privilege that is in a world where so many never get a break from work or can’t even work safely. News of the continued attack on Ukraine has been in my thoughts a lot. Those images of people–people just like you and me–whose lives have been turned upside down, who find themselves fleeing their homes with only what they can carry…But I know I can’t sink too deeply into focusing on that or I lose my own ability to live the one life I’m lucky to have. So, besides making a donation and voting in ways that support peace and democracy, what else can I do? Novelist Maxine Hong Kingston’s quote in Word for the Day last weekend was: “In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.”
Create–that’s almost always the answer. It’s the opposite of destroy.
Before I share my poem, here’s a snap of the wonderful packet of goodies that arrived from Michelle Kogan’s Etsy shop yesterday! Isn’t this a gorgeous array? I love all of it, but those PEACE bookmarks feel especially needed today.
I’m resharing this poem I wrote years ago, inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s a golden shovel poem using a line from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Pied Beauty.”
If you’re interested, you can read more poems inspired by refugees and asylum-seekers here.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with lovely teacher-poet-human Ruth!