Back to the Habit of Writing
After a few weeks, I am happy to share a post today for Two Writing Teacher’s Slice of Life (SOL)Tuesday. Two weeks ago, I returned from a week’s vacation with my family. Just as I am getting back into the habit of eating well, going to the gym and practicing yoga, I am stepping back into the habit of blogging. For me, writing daily is a practice and like going to the gym, it is easy to let 1 week away become 2 months. So I offer a poem I wrote beside a group of 11th grade Special Education students this morning. That it needs polishing is not important to me. What matters is returning to my writing practice.
About the poem:
I was introduced to Walter Dean Myers 18 years ago when I read his book Monster. As a young teacher in New York City with a rural upbringing, city life and the challenges of some minority populations was new to me. I remember being totally captivated by the story of 16 year old Steve Harman who is on trial for murder. Written as a screenplay, the book tells the harrowing tale of Steve’s experiences in prison and the fight for his life. I remember borrowing the book from the classroom library where I taught summer school and having to return it before I had finished the book. I was so anxious to learn Steve’s fate that I walked 15 blocks in NYC’s summer heat to Barnes and Noble where I bought the copy that I hold in my hands today. Fast forward 18 years and I am a literacy coach collaborating with a high school ELA teacher whose students are reading Monster. I reread it this weekend. Today I wrote this poem.
Memories of trudging up Broadway
In 99 degree heat
Swimming through a sea of moisture
Famous to NYC summers
Barnes and Noble by Lincoln Center
Just to find out how
18 year old post-its
Notes from a younger self
Reveal my naive
Processing the realities