Poetry Friday: Poem in the Mail


Head over to Margaret at Reflections on the Teche who is rounding up Poetry Friday this week.

Last week, I had my second piece of student mail. I squeed when I opened the piece to find a poem.


When I contacted her mom asking for permission to share, she told me about their trip to Mt. St. Helen’s and how Beatrix came up with this poem.

My heart is happy.

Response to Beatrix:

On Monday
I walked on the sand
grey green waves
nibbled feet,
found a heart shaped wishing stone
made the trip worth it

© jone rush macculloch

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17 Responses to Poetry Friday: Poem in the Mail

  1. haitiruth says:

    Wow, so wonderful! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  2. What a beautiful idea! I can’t wait to share this with my teacher colleagues.

  3. laurashovan222 says:

    This is gorgeous! Beatrix’s alpine flowers, your nibbling waves. What a gift to know that you encouraged this students to write poems.

  4. maryleehahn says:

    Oh, how I LOVE this poetry conversation! Your legacy lives on!!

  5. I love the exchanged poems. So dear.

  6. Michelle Kogan says:

    What a gorgeous poem from your student Beatrix–so full of spirit, honesty, and love–how inspiring you must have been beaming upon reading it. Beautiful response poem, loved these lines,
    “nibbled feet,
    found a heart shaped wishing stone”
    Thanks Jone!

  7. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Awwww….I love that your student wrote you a poem (and a beautiful one at that) and that you wrote one in response. It makes my heart happy!

  8. Jone, I am teaching a workshop this weekend on letter poems. Can I use this post as a sample and prompt? Thanks!

  9. Love this post! Exchanging poems with students is a beautiful thing.

  10. This poem exchange touches my heart, Jone. It warms me to know what you must have meant to Beatrix.

  11. Jone, my heart is happy too. 🙂 🙂 You’ve inspired a child to touch the clouds on a Tuesday… beautiful beautiful beautiful. Thank you! xo

  12. Tabatha says:

    Love that Beatrix responded to her trip with a charming poem for you! How great is that?

  13. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, this is so lovely that one of your students sent you a hand-written letter. From one heart to another – message received and responded to via poetry.

  14. Jackie Hosking says:

    I touched the clouds on a Thursday – that just made my heart sing. How special to receive such a beautiful poem and your reply is lovely too.

  15. lindabaie says:

    You’ve touched so many, and they’re still following your footsteps, Jone. This is lovely & for her to send to you, too.

  16. Yes! How could one read this post and these poems without smiling ear to ear? See – you’re still teaching, Jone….XO

  17. mbhmaine says:

    It makes me so happy to think of your poetic correspondence with this student. I love how you used her poem to inspire your own. How affirming! Thanks for making me smile!

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