Monday, August 6, 2012


                                                               Drought, heat, humidity,
Strong winds, intense rainstorms,
Scorched lawns, fallen trees.
Tragedies, illnesses,
Fires, moves, challenges,
Sadness, silence, anger,
Lives disrupted.

    It doesn't "rain" forever, 
      Life, relationships,people are fragile,
       Each day, a gift, not to be repeated.
 We are not promised tomorrow,
    Yet, there will be rainbows,
  After the many
Storms of life.

 Real view after storm.

Real view after storm.

This blog was started to share writing with graduate students in a 21st Century kind of way.  However, my life is full of adventure, sadness, happiness, and drama; thus, there are lots of small "emotionally charged" moments about which I am writing! 
Meanwhile, the CCS ask us to shift our focus to more informational writing..  On one hand, I applaud informational reading and writing as an easier and certainly a worthy genre for many of our students; however, I do not want to give up personal narratives, personal poetry, and fictional texts based on personal experiences.  Writing and sharing has helped me share smiles during the great days and has helped me cope with the darker ones.  Diverse writers need to have opportunities to try it all as they grow and travel the storms of lfe.   Writers are as complex, different and ever-changing as the rainbows that emerge briefly from the sky after a storm.     


Julie said...

Sadness, silence, anger,
Lives disrupted.

It doesn't "rain" forever,

How true these words are. The beginning of your poem shows feelings of despair, while the ending shows hope. Beautifully written and I loved the reflection at the end.

Amy Rudd said...

Your writing shows a lot of feelings- the highs and lows of life-ending with hope opens up the possibilities! Hope things are improving.

Rumplestiltskin said...

As you say, there's so much truth in fiction.

Jaana said...

I too am trying to figure out how to combine narrative writing with informational writing--especially with my high school ELL students. Time will tell.....

Nanc said...

I totally agree that we need both. I also identify with the idea of storms and rainbows...our lives our like that...I guess I won't speak for everyone, but especially mine. Writing centers me, I hope that I can convey how important it is in my life... how really necessary it is for me. xo nanc

pamelahodges said...

Yet, there will be rainbows,
After the many
Storms of life.

Your poem is full of vivid images, depth of feeling, and hope.

I sense one of the storms is the suggestion by "the CCS ask us to shift our focus to more informational writing." But as you said, your life is "full of adventure, sadness, happiness, and drama;"
Is it possible you can do both? Two posts? or two blogs? A writer is not just an information spewer. May I please encourage you to not silence your voice. Write for yourself as well. Open you mouth and share your life. I want to read more.

Shari Daniels said...

I totally agree with Pamela. I have had to keep up two blogs in order to have an avenue to write in different ways and different on different content.

Your poem, Anita, made me sad, knowing what it's like to come back to life after a storm.

And, I too, love the hope. What would we do without hope and a rainbow?

fireflytrails said...

Here, here! Let's be careful before we leave narrative writing behind. Then we wouldn't have great phrases like this: "Each day, a gift, not to be repeated." Thanks for sharing the thoughts you captures so succinctly.