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Poets & Painters 2

(for Omar)

written by: sidonamarie

@sidonamarie

 

engravers
painters
sculptures
writers – poets

engineers
mathematicians
scientists
doctors – poets

actors
singers
musicians
athletes – poets

indigenous
immigrants
migrants
refugees – poets

philosophers
professors
scholars
teachers – poets

soldiers
policemen
farmers
clerks – poets

the angry
the sad
the hopeless
the hopeful – poets

grandparents
parents
family
friends – poets

Ms Kollar
Justin
Hilary
Omar – poets

endless the list
of those that inspire
and those inspired

through pain and kindness
through rejection and acceptance
through injury and embrace of

the knowledge
the experiences
the differences
the understanding
the thoughts
the ideas and

the moment
of unexpected poetry
in the reach of a closed fist
hiding and releasing a Hershey Kiss
into the palm
of an unguarded open hand

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
I am a substitute teacher. Last year I subbed a total of about two months in fourth grade classroom for a sick friend. There was a young man in the class who would not do his assignments. He is very intelligent. He can read 200 words a minute, comprehend, remember, and understand ideas at a deeper level than most his age. We butted heads every day. Then the last day I was in his room, at lunchtime, he walks up to me with closed fist. I did not know what to expect but held out my hand anyway. He grinned and dropped a Hershey's Kiss in my hand moving away fast. I still have it in my freezer with a note to remember him, and that I reached some part of him.

sidonamarie

sidonamarie

I have written poetry since 1977. I am a teacher first and poet second. In 1983, I graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in English with an emphasis in elementary education. I taught for a few years and life happened. I needed to stay home to care for my son with asthma and some immune system issues. In 2003, I became a teachers aide and did that for 12 years. Now I am substitute teaching in that same elementary school. My children are grown. My son is a farmer/poet. My daughter is a classical saxophonist and working toward a degree in music performance and education.
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