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  • February 8th, 2010 | 6:40 PM
looking for a poem and/or quote

I'm looking for a poem and maybe some quotes to give to my incarcerated teen boys for my last day on Wednesday. Ones about hope or overcoming tough times or staying on the right path. I have some of my favorites but wonder if anyone else has any suggestions?
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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February 9th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
It's the journey, not the destination.

I could not find who to attribute it to, and there are several variations on that same theme.

This is from a site with quotes from a movie that I am not familiar with;
"Socrates: I call myself a Peaceful Warrior... because the battles we fight are on the inside"

Here' the site; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0438315/quotes

Here is another site; http://www.quotegarden.com/
February 9th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate the ideas.
February 9th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
One of my favourites is a very short Robert Frost poem:
The way a crow shook down on me
The dust of snow from a hemlock tree
Has given my heart a change of mood
And saved some part of a day I'd rued.

(that's from memory - you might need to check it someplace)

To me, that poem reminds me that when things seem dark, if i look, there is often a reason to smile, feel hopeful that the gloom will pass. Very often for me, it will be the way a peewee scolds me, or my dog cocks his head, or a baby gurgles .

Book Chook
February 9th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: poem
Thanks! That's a good one.
February 9th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Hi Susan,

My favorite poem is "Dreams" by Langston Hughes. I memorized it years ago, and I can't tell you the number of times it came to mind when things seemed hopeless. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and it gives me that little glimmer of hope when I need it most.

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly

(My students are able to connect with the broken-winged bird because so many come from troubled backgrounds.)

Another Langston Hughes poem I love is "Mother to Son." I always have my middle school students memorize these two poems so they have a "poem in their pocket" to pull out when they need it. I like this poem because I think it shows us that we can move beyond the life we were born to.

I hope this is helpful. I've enjoyed reading about your experienced with the teens. You are giving them something that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

February 9th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Dreams
Linda, that's a beautiful one to share. Thank you. And thank you for the kind words.
February 9th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
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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.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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