Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Poetry Month: My Crusader 11 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 

This month, I've been following Mary Lee Hahn's challenge to write a golden shovel poem each day from a student selected quote.  I've been so fascinated by the process.  I've never tried to write a golden shovel poem, though I have started to see them here and there since Nikki Grimes published One Last Word.  Last night, I came home from the gym prepared to write a humorous golden shovel of my continuous battle with an exercise routine, but this is where it ended.  Today's golden shovel first attempt is inspired by a quote from Glenda, the Good Witch, from the Wizard of Oz.  It's a favorite.  Thanks, Mary Lee, for the push gentle nudge to try something new.  

it's not just you
who wonders always
how you missed the chances you've had, 
but you are not one to let the
 world have power
over you, instead, you say this is my
moment to make a difference, you hold dear
to what matters most to you 
though the world is not just.
you reach beyond chances you've had
to all that can be, to
find the way forward. you learn
along the way, and it
takes time - great time - for
change, but you always begin by taking the first step yourself.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2018


  1. I have been amazed to watch Mary Lee pull this off every day this month! I tried one, about a month ago, and it took me forever! And now you have done it too. This could be a great life credo! Our middle schoolers do a lot with growth mindset at the beginning of the year, and I think it would be really interesting to take your poem and some of Mary Lee's and let the kids have a go! Would that be ok?

  2. Huzzah! You did it! Love the quote and also your poem!!

  3. Love this Cathy and enjoyed hearing about your process.

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