Friday, July 26, 2013

Poetry Friday -- The Speed of Time

Photo by Mary Lee Hahn

A Teacher Turns the Calendar Page From July to August

It's the same feeling you get
just after you've nudged the sled 
over the shoulder 
of the hill.

Movement becomes momentum
and quickly shifts 
to catapulting and careening.

You relinquish control
and hold on 
for the ride.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013

Sherry has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Semicolon.


  1. The sled is a perfect analogy! And I love catapulting and careening!

  2. As long as we don't crash! Great poem and perfect timing as well. I went back to school this week to start getting ready and I have a month of "vacation" left.

  3. Thinking of you careening... hope it's the ride of your life! xo

  4. Love this! Will pass along to my eldest, about to do a year of student teaching in a third grade classroom. :0) Terrific imagery - Thanks for sharing!

  5. I'm starting at a new school, so right now that hill I've started is VERY steep! I'm holding on tight because it is going to be a great ride!

  6. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Happy Friday to you!

  7. "hold on for the ride" You nailed it! Sometimes that's all we can do! I only have one more week off before returning to set up my class. School will start a week earlier than usual this year. So much to do to get ready! Great poem, Mary Lee!

  8. Anonymous2:00 PM

    This is perfect, Mary Lee! Does school start soon in Ohio? I technically have another month, but am beginning to feel the tug of my sled. By the way, your photo of the sunflowers is gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hold on, the ride is about to start. There is always that feeling of excitement mixed with trepidation. I just wish I could wave a magic wand and my bulletin boards would be done.
    I love the field of sunflowers. I have a few growing from seed and am fascinated by them.

  10. Just came from Liz Steinglass's poem about the sunflower to your stunning photo.

    Enjoy the ride! Does school begin for you in August? In Canada school doesn't start again for another month, though when I taught, the end of July always felt momentous to me despite that.

    Viole N.

  11. We're starting to have meetings, will be on our way down that hill this time next month, really earlier. Great analogy, Mary Lee, & that's it's fun sledding makes it even better.

  12. I think my kids feel this way too. It's not even August but they keep exclaiming, "It's almost over!"

  13. You appear to have touched a nerve, Mary Lee! I feel that way about multiple things. Love the photo, too.

  14. Oh my, how true! But there's just one thing... I'M NOT READY!!! So I will depart (in ten minutes) for my vacation and happily remain in denial for one more week. Your sunflower photograph is gorgeous, by the way! Would have loved to have seen that in person. :)

  15. Yes, that was a big calendar turn. It's all coming very quickly now!

  16. Thanks for the post at All About the Books.


  17. The beginning of the school year always makes me miss teaching! This poem is perfect, and captures all of the excitement and nervousness of August. = )

  18. Here we go!


  19. You've captured my last week perfectly! Your poem makes me feel better about what's to come.


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