This morning, after two snow days at home, I was feeling poetic. So, for the morning warm-up, I asked my students to tell me how they were doing.
Here’s what I love about haiku. Yes, it’s a structure to writing, which means that it requires discipline. Unlike other forms of poetry, however, it isn’t restrictive. Haiku takes the banal, the ordinary, the literal, and it elevates it somehow.
Of course, I wasn’t going to make my kids write without giving it a stab myself. Here goes:
Not much is doing
Glad to be right back at school
Back where I belong
It’s not that I don’t
Enjoy the comfort of a
Snuggled-in snow day,
But there is something
To be said for the sheer joy
Of work, learning.
Besides, I’d rather
Be here, in the cold, than in
Heart-warmed, hope-filled June.
And you? How are YOU doing? Leave a haiku comment to let me know!