Friday, August 30, 2013

Spreading Myself Out

Thank you Tara from A Teaching Life for hosting Poetry Friday!

Please, please, please go to Two Writing Teachers blog today to read my guest post on "Where is Poetry? It's Everywhere." I share some personal early on experiences with poetry and talk about the importance it has in the classroom....everyday. 

Here is my PF offering of the day.

I spread over water
I spread over land
If love is the lake
My heart is the sand.

I spread over head
I spread over trees
If love is the sky
My heart is the breeze.

I spread over grass
I spread over flowers
If love is the clouds
My heart is the showers.

I spread over two
I spread over one
If all this is love
My heart is the sun


  1. Betsy, this is beautiful! I'm actually a little teary-eyed as I read it. I cannot choose a favorite stanza-but it was the last that really got me.

    And...WOOHOO!!! Your guest post is aMAZing!!

  2. Hi Betsy, there are many layers we can tease out from this poem especially as we assume way too many roles with the beginning of the school year. I find this to be particularly timely - and beautiful! :) Thank you for sharing. Poetry has always been my lifeline to sanity - how I "spread" myself everywhere.

  3. Gorgeous poem, Betsy. Enjoyed your post at TWT, too!

  4. Very, very nice, Betsy! Each stanza is special, but like Robin, the last stanza really got me.

  5. Betsy, I love the style of this, and the beautiful connections you made each verse. Lovely!

  6. Yep, that's the word for it-- truly lovely! Both in the simplicity of its structure and in its multi-layered meaning. My favorite image: "If love is the sky/My heart is the breeze." Thank you, Betsy.