Sunday, April 3, 2011
National Poetry Month Issue 3
Tell one stanza from a kids' point of view, but the second stanza from the parent's perspective.
Teaching the Girls
by Janice Lynch Schuster
After dinner the girls shadow box
In the kitchen. There is small space
For their joy, their blonde energy
As they bob and weave near the counter.
I warn them about the hot
Burners, coffee pot and knives.
Metaphors fly; they are merry and warm,
I am their crazy coach, reciting
Combinations as what’s left of dinner burns.
Chin down, guard up!
Light on your feet,
Snap that punch!
I’ve been training them for years
For the punches life will land,
The world beautiful and brutal,
Everyday and extraordinary.
I want them ready to slip
Through it as we do this night,
So wired by their own lives,
Nothing crowding them in a corner
The whole arena of my love
Resounding in their laughter.
Posted with permission of Janice Lynch Schuster.
If the two-point-of-view prompt doesn't work for you, try this instead:
I found it surprising that the parent in the poem is teaching the girls how to box. Did anyone ever teach you how to do something out of the norm or unexpected?