Wednesday, April 7, 2021

#verselove - 6 holding one another

For the month of April, I am participating in 30 days of #verselove poetry writing with Dr. Sarah J. Donovan's Ethical ELA

Today's inspiration comes from Margaret Simon, who provided links to a variety of photographs from around the world that give a unique perspective on this long year of pandemic. She invited us to choose one photo and create a poem about it.

I chose a photo from National Geographic, taken by photographer Anush Babajanyan in Armenia. Anush Babajanyan hugs her daughter Ella when she has trouble finishing her virtual math work. With Mama nestled in the hollow of her daughter's neck, it was hard to tell who was reassuring whom. Throughout this pandemic, we are holding one another up.

holding one another

with the child nestled at her side
Mama reassures
there, there,
we hold one another up,
yes, yes, this pandemic is hard,
yes, yes, we are not leaving the house, 
yes, yes, I will teach you everything,
yes, yes, I am here for you,
as we did yesterday, so, too, today, and perhaps many more to come,
I am here for you, yes, yes,
so much we have to learn, yes, yes,
we are home together again, yes, yes,
we’re going to make it through, yes, yes,
we hold one another up,
there, there,
reassures the child
with Mama nestled at her side

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