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Inspired by the Poetry in Motion Project where poetry was displayed on the walls of subway trains in New York City, the second graders of Mrs. Varadarajan’s class decided to post poems they had composed in public spaces at school, like, the hallways, in the cafateria, in front of the office, the bathrooms, the gym. Basically, the idea was to make poetry not just lie quietly tucked away in the backs of library shelves, but make it accessible to more and more people to read and enjoy.
This simple idea led to nearly 90 poems adorning our school’s hallways. As parents and their children went on a scavenger hunt to read the anthology on the walls and spaces around our school, it was clear that poetry was finally getting it’s due. We learned that poetry can teach us all to observe the world closely and to write without inhibitions about our inner feelings and lives.
The celebration of poetry ended with a poetry circle. The children read out poems they had composed, poems that showed their inner selves. And then when parents read out their favorite poems we came to understand each other like never before. We listened to a father share a poem of his love and longing for his wife, a grandmother’s affection for a her grandson, another about her homeland- Jamaica. We had a lump in our throats as we heard a parent recite a poem he had seen in the hospital where his son was born. We laughed at funny poems and were inspired by many others. As we all go our separate ways in the summer, we hope that these beautiful poems will stay with you.
- Riverside News