Slice of Life Story Challenge -- Day 8 #SOL17
Pencils and Poetry (Take 2)
A 5th grade Language Arts class, where I was 'pushing in' two days ago, had just begun a lesson on poetry. The teacher had assigned the students, as a sort of pretest, to write a poem. She gave the students specific instructions as to how many lines the poem should have, but left the topic of the poem open for each of the students to decide.
One of the students was having trouble choosing a topic. I tried to encourage her. "What do you feel like writing about?" I asked her. "You can write a poem about anything." She looked at me rather doubtfully. "You can!" I continued. "You can write a poem about anything at all. You can write a poem about a pencil if you want to!"
Fast forward to the next day. I was recalling that conversation, and it occurred to me that I need to practice what I preach. Can a poem be written about a pencil? I decided that if I were going to tell a student that it can be done, I for sure had better be able to do it. So, here I am today, putting my money where my mouth is:
ODE TO A PENCIL
Oh, lowly pencil,
Simple writing tool.
We take you for granted.
We tap you on tables,
or even nibble on you.
We use you, we lose you,
we discard you when you're old and worn.
You deserve better treatment
than what you get.
is taking away your importance;
The demand for you is down.
But fear not, humble pencil....
You will always be needed somewhere.
ALWAYS, my trusty old friend.
JudyK March 8, 2017