Yesterday I participated in a local elementary school's "Poetry Cafe" event. All the forth grade classes had been working on writing their own poetry and each student composed a small book of their poems. The teachers organized an event where all the classes got together for each student to share a poem from their book. They asked a few local poets to also come in and share their work. I felt honored to be among the poets there - and I'm not just talking about the others who were asked to come, thought they were great too.
Those forth graders really know what's up. The honesty in their poetry is something I strive for. I so love that these kids have the opportunity to learn value of sharing their words and I hope their inherent wisdom is affirmed for them.
After we shared, we got to mingle with the kids a bit and here is what this one kid shared with me. He was showing me the book he made, called, "A Poem in Every One." At the end, he wrote a little bit about himself which ended with something like, "...and don't forget, there is a poem in a every one." He made "everyone" two words, but we can just call that poetic license. I got what he meant and also told him that he is right and so so wise.
Its not everyday that I am blown away by a 10-year-old, but I think that is more a fact of not being around them rather than their being a lack of amazing kids. Sometimes I think they know more than we do and that our knowledge is really us just trying to remember what we already knew then.