Thursday, May 31, 2018

Poetry Friday -- The Final Golden Shovel



Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford


Blessing 

You are going to fail, whether
you want to or not, in big and small ways. You
can spend your time worrying about that, or you can believe
that failure is valuable. It’s the way we learn. You
are in charge of how you think about your mistakes. You can
embrace them, trying to fail better every day, or
you can wallow in your catastrophes. What you believe
will determine how well you
live. I can’t
predict your future, but I have a good feeling that you’re
going to be more than all right.


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018



In April, I wrote a golden shovel for each of my students, using a quote chosen by each student as the striking line. Only one poem was missing from the collection: mine. Here it is. Number 31. It is the blessing I bestowed upon the Hahn Squad as I sent them out into the world and off to middle school. 


Buffy has the Poetry Friday Roundup for today at Buffy's Blog.

And it's time to gather Roundup hosts for July - December. That post is here.




20 comments:

  1. And what a beautiful blessing that golden shovel is. I can only imagine the empowerment your students feel with your love and belief in them so present and tangible in their lives. "you're going to be more than alright" What words to bless with. You are a rock star, Mary Lee.

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  2. Your poem is lovely. Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. It is a blessing poem to end all those other blessings for your students, Mary Lee. What treasures you've given them! Happy end of year!

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  4. Happy Friday, and happy transition time for your students!!

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  5. What a beautiful poem and blessing, the perfect end of the year send-off. You are the best!

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  6. What a wonderful role model you are for your students Mary Lee! "whether You believe you can or believe You can't you're right," and they can fail gloriously and feel okay, pick themselves up and keep growing. Thanks for this wonderful blessing poem.

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  7. Wow, I love both the quote and the poem. This project was such an undertaking of heart - and a blessing is the perfect way to end it. Happy end of school year.

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  8. What lucky students! I love your blessing for them - so affirming and reassuring as they step out into the big time!

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  9. What a wonderful poem to send off your soon-to-be middled schoolers. (If I could go back in time, I would make sure my kids had you for a teacher. This is the message they needed to hear.)

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  10. You're out of school already? Good for you! Love the poem, I may have to borrow some of it for another Today's Quote!

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  11. What a beautiful send off, Mary Lee. If they don't already, one day your students are going to look back on April 2018 and realize what a blessing it was to have a teacher who cared enough to write them each a poem.

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  12. Your final golden shovel poem hit pay dirt, Mary Lee. I think Ford would be proud of what you created from his quote and your students are beyond blessed to have had you as their teacher. Happy summer! =)

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  13. You are such an extraordinary teacher, Mary Lee - and person. This is a perfect blessing and send-off for your students, and helpful for ALL of us to read! Happy Summer!

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  14. What a wise and beautiful blessing to send off your crew.

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  15. What a wonderful final golden shovel to send your students on their way! It would be a great fit on the Imperfect site as well. Such a blessing and message :)

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  16. Huh. Not sure what happened. Anyway, and this is a gorgeous one. One of my very favorite quotations expanded and gifted with even more heart. Love!

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  18. I have taken a screenshot of your gorgeous poem, dear Mary Lee - I shall share it with our allied educators whom I will be teaching in the August semester. I shall lead them to your blog filled with wise words and awesome messages for educators. :) - Myra (GatheringBooks)

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  19. I love your golden shovel. It's taken from a brilliant quote, and you have added the woven details beautifully!

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