Friday, August 21, 2009


Poetry Friday is hosted today by The Boy Reader. Nice to meet you, Kyle--a fellow teacher who will be helping me reflect on my new job as Lead Reader.

So fond of alliteration am I that both our children start with D, which is slightly troublesome in that they must appear in the family diary as TWO space-consuming initials. Here I'd prefer just to call them by their carefully chosen names, but I feel a responsibility to protect their identities in cyberspace (is it warranted?), so here they shall be known as D1 (a girl halfway to 11) and D2 (a boy 6 and 11/12). But they are not both daughters. Though they are both darling.

D1 the mathematician likes to deny that she has any poet in her at all and says things like, "Mom, why do you have to make everything about poetry?" Then the other day at the pool during adult swim I saw her mouthing words and counting fingers, and then she asked to be reminded of the syllable count for a haiku. Gazing into the grass she said,

the clover is not
strong enough to hold the bee
that pollinates it

Is it nature or is it nurture? : )


  1. Very thoughtful poem for a 10 year old! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, the delight of hearing your child use language the way it's supposed to be used.

    I think the annual Fest run will be in early October...

  3. Oh, that's lovely. How often people feel not strong enough to support what they must in order to survive.

    Thanks for sharing, D1!

  4. Great poem!

    (Maybe your nurture has brought out her nature? I think poetry is in everyone's nature...)

  5. That is awesome. Out of the mouths of babes, as they say!

    Loving this blog . . and learning too!


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