Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I had something else scheduled for today, but this week, I noticed that several copies of my indie-published Heart of a Teacher sold in paperback (it’s also available in a Kindle edition). It dawned on me that perhaps someone bought them as gifts for colleagues or for their children’s teachers, and I loved that thought. (It might not be true, but that’s what I’m going with!)
So, I thought I would share a poem from it and remind you that it might make a nice holiday gift for educators you know and like. There are all kinds of poems in this collection: funny, tired, enthusiastic, overwhelmed, proud–something for every mood. I thought with December chaos upon us, this might be fitting. Sometimes we have bright, capable people happy to help, but we’re too overwhelmed to even figure out how they can help us!
What Will the Aide Do?
spit and a rusty
are all that keep me together
I rush from small groups to stations,
lunch to specials to conference,
to my cool dark room,
empty for three precious minutes
The aide will be here soon
and I should gather her work,
but I bask in this galaxy of silence,
the only quiet I will find today
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
I have shared some other poems from this collection, most of them turned into image poems:
A Librarian Can Be…
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Jone at Check It Out!