There’s been a lot going on in my writing life during the last six months. Working hard, I’ve experienced both rejection and success. I’ve continued to learn and hone my craft and returned to sharing my love of poetry with students this summer. I’ve learned about the editing world through two different projects and how I feel about having my words out in the world, seen and shared by others in an way alternative to my blog or piece of academic work. There is so much to learn and I’ll be eternally grateful to those who graciously share their craft of poetry and expertise in this realm.
As I paged back through some drafts on my phone last night, I came across a poem I wrote last April. It is still unfinished but I was pleasantly surprised as I read my own words and how well they caught my feelings about writing poetry.
This is how it goes:
is where it’s at
about this or that.
Choose your subject,
It’s up to you.
Soon you’ll find out
what you can do.
Is it nature?
Or, colorful hues?
That bring about your poem
full of attentive clues.
The words must muster,
A sense of you and your place,
Our days are few and life is short.
So, go ahead with what’s on your mind,
Write those words
You can share in kind.
With other poets,
Just like you,
Who want to be original,
Through and through.
© Draft, Carol Labuzzetta, 2021
And, I worked on another poem last night that I had started in the last few days when I was thinking about students, teachers, and our educational systems. The fact that curiosity is so very important to encourage is what inspired this poem. It is essential that we do not squelch our students’ desire to ask, know more, or enhance their own understanding in any subject area.
Ask Me Please!
Love the teacher who tells you to ask!
Ask me anything, they’ll say to the class.
No question is stupid, they say.
So, go ahead and ask – ask away!
If you’re wondering, someone else is too,
The only problem with questions is when they’re too few.
If you need an explanation or more,
Perhaps, a demonstration or even four,
Asking questions is the thing to do,
Especially when your teacher encourages you!
Today is Poetry Friday. This group has done so much to encourage my writing! I thank them all! Today’s round up is hosted by the incredible author Irene Latham at Live your Poem. Please visit Irene’s site for more inspiring poetry! Thank you for hosting Irene!