Is it too late? #PoetryFriday #youthclimatestrike

It’s Poetry Friday and Heidi Mordhorst of My Juicy Little Universe is hosting the round up this week. Won’t you join us there?

Heidi is heading to the Youth Climate Strike in Washington, DC. and she sent out a somber┬ácall to action to all of us, one of which was the following: “For us messengers and communicators, the action is to WRITE. Writing is an action. Write a story or article for a kids’ magazine, write a poem for the kids you know, write an ode to teen activists. Yes, celebrate nature, but don’t sugarcoat. Kids can take the truth. They already feel the truth even if they don’t know the truth; now they need ways to perceive it, process it, act on it themselves. Adult teachers, writers, poets: gather your grief and get out there and WRITE!”

Many of you know that my Kindergarten students and I — indeed my entire school community — see ourselves as stewards of the wildlife who make their home in our abutting conservation land and specifically the vernal pool system that lies within it. While we celebrate wildlife, we also believe it is critical that we teach our students about the delicate balance that must be maintained in order to preserve all forms of life. During National Poetry Month last year, I “gather(ed) up (my) grief” and wrote the following poem of caution for my students:

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Is it too late? What action will you and your students take?


Thanks to Heidi for hosting this week’s round up and for attending the strike! Happy Poetry Friday, all!