Friday, October 21, 2022

Compassion {Poetry Friday}



early morning walk
blue sky and sun
soaking in the quiet
hues of yellow
pausing to listen
greens transitioning
taking time
soaking and pausing 
offering myself
early in the day

@Mandy Robek

Projects help me be accountable. Sometimes I start a project and it takes me a few attempts to get it going and this is one of them. I'm diving into Amy Ludwig Vanderwater's Poems are Teachers How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres again. My writing standards do not technically start we are to learn how to write poetry and I love Amy's tagline for this book - "how studying poetry strengthens writing in all genres." I had parents share with me at the start of the year they had a reluctant writer. It was a slow start indeed and then one day - poof there was a magical poem about red. My heart and their hearts at parent teacher conferences were warmed. I'm hoping to share my own poem each Poetry Friday in my classroom as a mentor and a nudge for my students to consider writing poetry and we might sneak in a poetry unit this year. Today I used Amy's suggestion and Mary Lee Hahn's mentor text and jotted from a photograph.

Thank you Bridget at wee words for wee ones for hosting Poetry Friday this week.


  1. I love all the colors you used in your poem, and YAY for the poof poetry can bring to the classroom. Amy's book (and anything Amy offers) is a treasure! xo

  2. Compassion, yes! I love your line, "pausing to listen" - to ourselves and others.
    ALV's book is brilliant, as is Amy herself. Thanks for joining the PF fun today, Mandy! :)

  3. I love "soaking in the quiet /hues of yellow." Fall is an amazing season for morning walks. Love to hear how you are sharing poetry with children.

  4. I have a morning walk poem today, too! So fun to see you back (with new resolve and a plan...mine is a daily doodle)! And I'm honored that you used my prompt from Amy's book. I love that the image led you to self care and compassion. Hugs!

  5. Your poem has a peaceful tone. I love your message about showing ourselves compassion. We don't do that enough. Amy's book will give you lots of inspiration. Mary Lee's poem is an excellent mentor text. Wishing you the best as you continue your poetry journey!

  6. Best wishes on your journey with students, Mandy. I love the repeat of 'soaking', shows its real importance. Fall is a beautiful time to be outside!

  7. I love "offering myself/early in the day" -- as though if we were to wait too long, the moment would pass. Thank you.

  8. "Greens transitioning" is happening here too. What a beautiful way to use colors. I have Amy's book and I need to pull it back out and dive in again.

  9. Hi, Mandy! Yes, when you get to it ("achieve it" doesn't sound quite right), self-compassion has a soaking, floating feeling. Or so I've heard. Nice to see you here!

  10. This is a wonderful poem about a topic we need so much more of.

  11. What a welcome sight (a morning walk and a poem and seeing you in this space).