Happy Poetry Friday! It's great to be back in the round up this week! For more poetry bliss, be sure to visit Christie's space, Wondering and Wandering.
I'm taking some much needed time this week to return to my writing life. While it brings me joy to be continuing to provide learning at home to my students and my own children, I am also reminded of the importance of taking care of myself. I think that is so crucial for all of us to do for ourselves and for others. Taking time to write or to do the thing you love is necessary right now more than ever. Whatever your heart is calling you to do, I wish you hope and courage to make the time to do it, for you.
Listen to my poem-
Invitation to Write:
Writing has the power to heal. It can provide us with an outlet to express ourselves in ways we never imagined. I invite you to set aside some time for you. Do the thing that makes your heart happy and your hope soar. Be present in the experience. Take it all in. Grab your favorite writing tools and write whatever comes.
Happy Poetry Friday! I am excited to be back in the roundup this week. Thanks for visiting the ridge. You can find lots more of the poetry fun happening at Sally's space HERE!
From now on, I choose brave. It was the one word destined to be my focus for the new year. It kept bubbling up in poems and books that I had been reading. Many of my friends and colleagues even started calling me brave. It's interesting because I never would have described myself as brave. I would call myself a risk-taker. I often seek out opportunities to stretch beyond my comfort level. But to me, being brave goes even deeper than that. The dictionary defines brave as:
ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage
By that definition, I realize I really am brave. I have had to show courage, and I have had to endure many emotional hardships this past year. But somehow, I found my voice. I found my brave. It comes from a deep urge inside of me to speak, to share, to witness, and to question. I am better for it. I will always choose brave.
Now is the time to be brave for ourselves, for each other, for our world. We must be brave together. As I gaze up at the full January Wolf moon, I am reminded of the courage that it takes to be truly brave.
Listen to my poem:
Invitation to Write-
What is your brave? How would you define it? What does it look like, feel like, sound like? Brave heart, write! You have a courageous story to tell.
Happy Poetry Friday, friends! Thank you for visiting me at the ridge. For more of the round-up, head over to Poetry for Children.
This week, I am sharing an image poem that I am offering to Carol Varsalona for her #EmbraceableSummer gallery. You can find out more about Carol's invitation at her space HERE. Thanks for the inspiration, Carol!
Listen to my poem-
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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31 Catherine at Reading to the Core
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4 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
11 Kiesha at Whispers From the Ridge
18 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
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9 Bridget at wee words for wee ones
16 Janice at Salt City Verse
23 Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup
30 Linda at TeacherDance
6 Susan at Soul Blossom Living
13 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
20 Suzy at The Poetry Garden
27 Carol at Carol's Corner
4 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
11 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
18 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
25 Irene at Live Your Poem