Beanery Online Literary Magazine

June 11, 2008

IMAGINATIVE, ORIGINAL, PURE, PROFOUND POEMS by CHILDREN

Not long ago, while cleaning out my writing files, I found a folder of poems written by elementary students. They were in my possession because I had been a judge of the children’s writing works. I sorted out what was the best of them and we reviewed them at a recent Beanery Writers Group meeting. Since I had no way of contacting the students of these poems, some of which I wanted to post, I had to dispose of them, and after the meeting very sorrowfully burned the papers. After reading some of them, Kathleen wrote the following poem, which ends with a question.  Carolyn

To touch the heart, make us laugh

take us back…

An assignment given by an elementary teacher

showcased the talents of  her class.

Given a variety of topics, ideas, poetic forms

the children’s freshly written creations took shape.

New ideas blossomed.

The poems were gathered, names withheld

the entries numbered to be judged.

Which ones were selected

we will never know

for time has obliterated them like snow.

The children have moved on

graduated, started jobs, raised families

taking their talent, uniqueness with them.

Years later

the teacher found these treasures

among a stack of forgotten papers.

She wanted to edit a collection of children’s poems,

but found it was impossible;

not a trace, not a clue, remained

only

Numbers    not    Names

One by one

the white sheets flutter

into the trash    into the gutter

into the flames

Numbers    not    Names

Was there perhaps a future poet laureate

a Mattie J.T. Stepanek among them?

To read Kathleen’s poem about Mattie J. T. Stepanek, whose poems are collected in a book, Heartsongs, click on: TO MATTIE

For additional reading click on:
SEVENTY YEARS OF LOVE

PEOPLE: TIZIANIA BARONIO

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

YARD SALES UNSETTLE ME

PERTAINING TO THE SPIRIT

JOURNALIST ETHICS CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF GIFTS

DAVID Part 1 of a 10 Part Romance Story

DAVID Part 2 of a 10 Part Romance Story

 

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