It's day two of the November 5 Day OpenWrite with Dr. Sarah J. Donovan's Ethical ELA! I am really enjoying this immersion in poetry writing - just what the doctor ordered for this time of pandemic. Today's challenge was entitled 'giving.' Dr. Donovan asks us to reflect on our gifts, with these inspiring words:
After looking at the title for today, you might be thinking Sarah, I have nothing left to give, my friend. And I do not blame you. You have been giving and giving.
So today, I’d like us to take some time to reflect on what exists today because of you. That is right. What exists, what endures, what lives, what thrives because you have given of yourself, your time, your being, your wisdom, your body.
I was immediately reminded of a recent photo of my eldest son playing with his newborn baby and two year old daughter. Here's the poem that emerged:
At the risk of inviting you to play
two tiny violins for my pity party
I have not one memory
of my parents
getting down on the floor and playing with me
no board games
no bouncing balls
no baby doll tea parties
got nothin’, seriously.
I vowed not to repeat this.
I coupled marriage with friendship.
I sought laughter and joy.
I was determined
to connect, converse, love more openly,
to admit mistakes
to do over.
You know well
how I stumble,
come up short
in so many ways.
Is trying my gift?
Your gift to me,
you may not realize,
was the candid photo
holding your newborn
whirling your two-year old daughter on that spin toy
with a big hearty smile on your face.
This idea of loving family and
I gave this to you.
I am so happy that you cherish this, too.
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