This is a favorite poem of some of my favorite people: my students. I found it today as I was boxing up supplies and files and books to move to a new room at my school for next year, and was reminded of how open-hearted and inspiring my young friends can be.
I would my soul were like the bird
That dares the vastness undeterred.
Look, where the bluebird on the bough
Breaks into rapture even now!
He sings, tip-top, the tossing elm
As tho he would a world o'erwhelm.
Indifferent to the void, he rides
Upon the wind's eternal tides.
He tosses gladly on the gale,
For well he knows he cannot fail -
Knows if the bough breaks, still his wings
Will bear him upward while he sings!
- Edwin Markham
Such a spirit of promise, of transcendence, of embracing the hero's journey. And of course, it has birds, to which I'm particularly partial.
Do you have a favorite poem that features an animal? Or one that uses couplets or iambic tetrameter lines (8 beats with a heartbeat rhythm)? Or perhaps there's a poem that a young person close to your heart has always loved that you'd like to share today...
No need to conform to any of the suggestions above, so share any poem you admire in your post today and then link back here so we can all enjoy your choice.
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