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ALL I NEED
by April Halprin Wayland
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I step onto this rickety bamboo bridge
high over wild water
as winds sways rope
as I totter
as my heart stops
as I lose hope.
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You reach across
stretching out
to me
All is not lost.
Your hand is all
I need.
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(c) 2011  April Halprin Wayland, all rights reserved
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The story behind the poem:
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I went for a walk in a cold wind and decided to write a poem for my post at TeachingAuthors.com on April 15th. ¬†Every Friday is¬†Poetry Friday in the¬†Kidlitosphere, and I usually include an original poem in my posts.¬†I’ll be talking about whether poets should publish original poems online or not…and whether this jeopardizes the value of the poem for later resale.
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What I’ve learned from asking this question of poets I admire, is that they come to the world with an open hand.¬†For this Friday’s post, I needed a poem about generosity.
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It’s your turn. Think of a big concept like generosity or peace or hatred or anger…you get the picture. ¬†Now close your eyes and think about how this concept feels. ¬†What image presents itself? ¬†It’s the old “Show, Don’t Tell.” Write a poem showing us this concept in concrete terms, as I tried to do with generosity. On your mark, get set, go!
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