Yesterday I read Sara Holbrook's poem "The Fear Factor," from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, with my seventh graders. In the poem she addresses Courage, who always whispers, "Okay. Okay. It's going to be okay."
My favorite part is where the persona lists many things to fear, and then confesses (speaking to Courage) that the greatest one is: "I fear you will abandon me, / evaporate / and not return."
You can read the whole poem here, on Sara's own blog.
Today is my daughter's last regular day of high school. Next week she has finals, leading up to graduation on Saturday. I'm clinging to my own Courage, knowing (and yet sometimes doubting) that it's all going to be okay. She's ready, we're ready (or faking it as well as we can), it's going to be okay.
Here's today's roundup.
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