CLMOOC Make 1: The Unintroduction

For the next six weeks I am joining the CLMOOC.  MOOCs are massive online learning communities.  This one is offered by the Educator Innovator and powered by individuals from the The National Writing Project.  It focuses on making and creating meaning through six weeks of collaborative make cycles.  There is a focus for each week, a space to link up, and then ways to connect with others who are part of the project.  

I'm a little late to the party.  It's been a busy couple of weeks.  Today I'm squeezing in late to for make cycle 1:  "unintroduce" myself.   When thinking about an unintroduction, in only makes sense to think about an introduction:  the pleasantness, the quick judgement, the basic information shared.  For me, I always find the greatest challenge to remember the name which is always given first and then so much information follows.  I decided to unintroduce myself in a poem.

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The Unintroduction

Unraveling truths
not seen;
when meeting
we shake hands,
smile politely,
exchange names,
pieces that fit.

Untangling identities:
life as a mother,
believer in social justice,
advocate of public education.

Unlocking secrets 
unnamed in the moment:
unseen loss,
unanswered questions,
untold heartache,
unresolved conflicts,
unknown battles,
float between us.

Unaware of the stories
we walk away
yet unacquainted.
Left wondering,
with more questions
than answers.
         and unknowing.  

© Cathy L. Mere, 2015 


  1. never late ... always right on time ... I love your poem and the way you push at the edges of identity ..

  2. Beautiful #untro #clPoem ! I love this part: "Unaware of the stories
    we walk away
    yet unacquainted." It shows you are always cognizant of the unstories. Thanks for joining, never late, always part.

  3. Lovely! I like "sharing pieces that fit" and all that implies. You have probed many aspects of intros and untros with elegance.

  4. My favorite line is "introduced, yet unacquainted." Beautiful and so true. Even if we think we know someone well, there is still so much more to know. I love your poem. And it gives me some things to think about all the different ways we can tell our stories through digital compositions.


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