Tuesday, May 1, 2012

OIK Tuesday: me times three

Today as I was taking MUCH longer than usual to pass out a set of May calendar papers (because of one of those slight changes of plan that you have between copying sets of sheets to go home in the morning and realizing you need only one of each set right now because it's B Week, not A Week, and you don't have a special), Camille said, "I wish there was three of you, Ms. Mordhorst."

"Awww," I thought.  "We have all been having an agreeable and productive day together; isn't she sweet to wish there were more of me?"

Camille continued, "Then you could pass out the papers at all three tables at the same time." 

Hmmm.......a practical girl, not a sentimental one!

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rhythmetic
one of me
plus
one of me
plus
one of me
makes me times three

me times three makes
one of me
to tie your shoes
and one of me
to soothe your bruise
and one of me
to be amused
at all the funny things
you say

me times three makes
one of me
to teach your group
and one of me
to mop up goop
and one of me
to jump through hoops
that fill my inbox
every day

me times three makes
one of me
to calm your spat
and one of me
to find your hat
and one of me
to mourn your cat
that died because it
lost its way

me times three
times three is nine
and like your cat
I do just fine
till I forget that
you are mine
not like my own
but next in line

Heidi Mordhorst 2012
all rights reserved
Oh, I was stumped by that last line, but Diane Mayr stepped in to help (see her comment below).  I hope my sentiment is practically transparent now.

9 comments:

  1. How about "But next in line"?

    I like the repetition and the way you've captured the busy-ness of your day. Good job!

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  2. Thank you, Diane! That works! (but only now that my own kids are well past kindergarten needs.) I had fun with this.

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  3. Like your poem a lot, Heidi. I only managed Kindergarten for one year, my third in teaching!! They are darling, but demanding. Glad you are young, peppy and full of poetry to be a special Kindergarten teacher. I think they are a rare breed.

    How about last line:
    But still devine?

    Just a thought.

    Ed from March Madness poetry came to the IRA in Chicago to the Poetry Olio and met Allan Wolf, April Halprin Wayland and me. It was a nice connection for sure. Ed and I read from Allan's Titanic book. Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger were the emcees, who joined us. Ed is very up for a poets "potluck" some day and is working on more Madness ideas plus other things. IRA was a fine time. Got to hear Marilyn Singer, Jane Yolen and Pat Lewis read poems.

    To Mary Lee, saw that you may have been there. Next year we should find a way to see who is going to be where at IRA or NCTE to meet up. March Madness and other Poets and their fans.

    Is there a children's poetry conference? Should we start one?

    Hope you remember me from my session on poetry! I mentioned you at IRA as the one who got me going into the blogosphere!
    Much gratitude coming your way,
    Janet F. from NCTE.

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  4. You made me giggle this morning -- thank you.
    Three of me might be nice some afternoons as I try to get two dyslexic kids though homework and off to sports.

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  5. Oh, out of the mouths of babes. I love how you took this idea and ran with it! Heidi Thrice!

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  6. As a former Kdg teacher I think you have captured the essence of needing to split yourself into multiple pieces simultaneously while you tend to teaching and their every real need. Bravo and love Diane's last line help. Very nice! I know K teachers will absolutely relate.

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  7. Love it! I wish there were three of me so at least one could be asleep right now.

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  8. amazing, fun to read out loud poem. catchy. it needs to be a song.

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