One of my dearest friends is turning 31 today. I just sent her an iomoi card with a poem tucked into my online greeting. I give each of my students a poem on their birthday… why not do it for a friend?
I’ve come to realize that poetry is something we do a lot of in elementary school classrooms, but poetry doesn’t exactly permeate through most of the adult circles I run in. Perhaps it’s because of the way poetry was taught to people in elementary school: maybe they think it has to rhyme and therefore they don’t like it. Or perhaps it’s because poetry seems a bit scary… like you need to do some major mind work in order to interpret it (and thus people shy away from it).
Regardless, I’m going to start tucking-in a birthday poem for all of my friends, whether the card is handmade or electronic, to see if I can “start something” poetic. Will you join me on this journey?
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.