I follow the blog of a fellow teacher who was the lead teacher in The Colorado Writing Project when I was a student there. I enjoy reading what she is up to as I share her passions for not grading papers but growing writers. I also feel like I know her as a close friend after the 2 intense weeks of writing with her. Walking away from CWP is like leaving college after rooming with the same 20 people for 4 years. It was the most intensely emotional experience I have ever had with people I am not related to.
She wrote a poem inspired by Monica Prince that approaches a topic from the negative. I thought I’d give it a try. Here goes:
This Is Not a Poem about Loneliness
This is not a poem about being left behind
It is not about bringing up the rear
Or watching everyone disappear over the next ridge
It is not about struggling to keep up
Or falling behind
Or feeling like I am frantically following
This is not a poem about hiking,
This poem is about looking way ahead and seeing your steady gait, eyes focused forward, soaking in what fills you to the brim and brings you joy.