Today's Poetry Friday is dedicated to Mary Lee Hahn, who is retiring after 37 years of teaching. As well as being an amazing teacher and an inspiration to all of us, Mary Lee is also a fabulous Poetry Friday participant and organizer. She's a wonderful poet. So we're celebrating with #PoemsForMaryLee!
My contributions are both golden shovel poems that I wrote for Mary Lee's birthday back in December. For both of them, the strike lines are from Mary Lee's own work. The first strike line comes from a haiku she posted here, and the second is from her poem "Spiral Glide," published in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School.
Colleagues in poetry
We meet every Friday
Faceless, and virtual.
Only our words interact, and still
The moments are magical.
Poetry Friday: digital, virtual, still magical.
Teaching Like a Hawk (from the point of view of one of Ms. Hahn’s students)
Ms. Hahn in fifth grade is not
The type of teacher given to flapping.
She provides me space for my
Own choices, lets me spread my wings.
Her decisions are just.
In her class we are leaning
On each other and turning
Our struggles into motivation to keep on rising.
Not flapping my wings, just leaning, turning, rising.
Happy retirement, Mary Lee!
Check out what everyone else is posting for Mary Lee this week here.