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  • January 9th, 2009 | 3:35 PM
Poetry Friday - Lost

I came across this poem today while looking for poems to use at juvenile hall next week. I was searching for several "identity" types of poems to cut up and let the students rebuild. So often the hardest thing to do is to just stay still, be quiet, be who you are so the world can find you.


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

David Wagoner

Learn more about this poet here.

This week's round-up of all the Poetry Friday posts can be found here, with thanks to Anastaia Suen

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 6 comments — Leave comment )
January 10th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
January 11th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
I thought so. I think learning how to stand still is important, at least for me. :)
January 10th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
loved it
I enjoyed your poem very much. I love the re-building activity, not just from a scaffolding point of view, but from the serendipitous creative things that can arise while doing it.

My head is much busier with writing than it was with teaching. Maybe I need bells to ring to tell me when to do things?

Susan The Book Chook
January 11th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: loved it
Writing makes my head busy too!
January 10th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
If you leave it, you may come back to it again... Surely that's a good, good thing for these students to know.

I hope you blog as much as you can about your experience at juvenile hall.
January 11th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Thanks Sara, I think it will be good for the students to know. And yes, I plan to blog each visit so I don't forget anything.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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