Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Always do what you are afraid to do.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


You will not always
be sure, but don’t let that stop you. Do
the brave thing. Do the right thing. Do what
will make the world a better place and you
will be one of the ones who are
not afraid
of what the world asks you to

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018


  1. So funny. I think our poems have a similar message today. I guess that is fitting since I made my first attempt at a golden shovel poem. I actually have a draft with about six of them. They're a bit tricky. I feel like word selection matters so much in this type of poem, and that is one area I need to continue to try to grow. (One of about a million...oh the journey.) I guess I just need to, as your poem reminds, be brave. I love your final lines with a reminder to do "what the world asks you to do."

  2. Another huge and glorious message for life! Wow, wow, wow! And I love your one word titles. I continue to be blown away by how you pull these off, every single day. What a gift you are giving to your students. Are any of them trying to write golden shovels?

  3. An inspiring quote leads to an inspiration in a poem. Lovely response, Mary Lee.

  4. "...Not afraid of what the world asks you to do." Wow. That's... huge. I really love how aspirational these poems are; your kids will be able to tuck them away and stretch, the days they feel they cannot, to live up to what Ms. Hahn thought they could be. That's... teaching right there.

  5. I am inspired by your style of poetry. It has endless possibilities in our classrooms. The idea and inspiration of the titles are a great resource for literacy. I am truly inspired. Thank you


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