During this pandemic, while doing our part to stay home and flatten the curve, I stumbled upon this poem my son had written at nine years of age. The genius of this assignment is its simplicity, it’s ability to extract one’s perceptions and personality preferences through present tense verbs: I see, I cry, I dream.
While many of us are still homebound, I encourage you to nourish yourself and your family members with this poetry “workout” of sorts. We have all seen the GIF pictures flooding social media now of people going into their respective fridges every ten minutes, irrationally hoping to find something new to eat.
But more often than not, we are hungry for connection and understanding—particularly during this unchartered world of COVID-19. Why not try to feed yourself and your loved ones by fostering that connection and understanding via poetry?
Here’s what I’ve created:
I am apart but never alone.
I wonder if our new normal will ever feel normal.
I hear the news in the background like a garbage compactor that never shuts down.
I see hope in the angels on the frontlines fighting to save humanity every day.
I want the pandemic to unite, not divide us
I pretend I can go to my mailbox without fear
I feel for the planet
I worry about what comes next
I cry for humankind
I understand my parents more each decade
I dream about sitting in a restaurant with family and friends
But the most important thing I do is see each day as a new opportunity
|My Son’s Poem in 3rd Grade|