Poetry Friday: Peace

June 26th, 2009

First, a poetry contest: Write and submit a poem about your teaching life and we will feature you in our upcoming Poetry Friday posts. The best five poems, selected by Stenhouse editor Bill Varner, our regular Poetry Friday poem picker, will win a free Stenhouse book! Send entries to zmcmullin@stenhouse.com. Contest ends Sept. 1 and poems will be posted as we receive them each week throughout the summer. The winners will be announced Sept. 5. Get writing!

This week’s poem is from Ellen, a second grader in Mary Cowhey’s Peace Class in Northampton, MA. Mary is the author of Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades. Mary¬†uses Vladimir Radunsky’s book What Does Peace Feel Like? as a springboard for creative writing about peace. Ellen’s poem is the result of that exercise:

Peace smells like tulips, Spring, and the morning
Peace looks like a dove flying through the air, a winter day, and friends
Peace sounds like a bird chirping, sheep in a field, and the ocean
Peace tastes like water, pine branches, pepperming
Peace feels like air, climbing a tree, riding a horse
Peace moves like the river, the trees, and the sea

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. susan  |  June 26th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Well done, Ellen.

  • 2. Martha Ashton  |  June 27th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Question: Is this a contest for adults or children?

    Ellen created a wonderful poem about how our five senses help remind us of peace!

  • 3. admin  |  June 28th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Great question! Sorry, I should have been more clear. This is a contest for adults, since we are asking you to write about your teaching life.

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