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“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”
I was passing through my bedroom with a load of laundry the other night when I saw my 12 year-old slumped over my writing desk, his forehead pressed to a sheet of paper.
“Stuck with something?”
“This,” he groaned, lifting his head and pointing to a blank worksheet. “This…it’s….”
Words failed, evidently. I read the assignment.
“Metaphors! I love metaphors. They’re fun. Really.” He looked at me like I had just come upon his parched body in the desert and was suggesting we build a sand castle.
I turned the worksheet over to the blank side. “Okay, choose something you want to describe. Then make a list of adjectives that tell about it. Then you look at that list and you think of things that are also like those things. Just start writing–something will come to you, I promise.”
“And pick a subject you really want to write about,” I said, picking up my basket. “You can write about your dog, or Minecraft, if you want.”
“I think I’ve got something,” he said, picking up his pencil.
Friends, I give you the voice of a generation. Or at least eighth period English class.
Poems are hard
by Jonah, in seventh grade
Poems are giant boulders.
They’re impossible to get off the ground
Poems are thunderstorms
knocking you over and making it hard to get back up.
Poems are a fire
constantly eating away at your flesh.
Poems are an anchor
weighing you down all the the time.
Poems are hard.
I couldn’t get this to rhyme.
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