NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, Day 14

I have enjoyed reading poetry each day this month, finding new poems and revisiting old, beloved ones.
A lovely collection of poems and drawings.

Today’s poems are by Asmita Rajiv and are found in her collection, Unsaid.

“Being Perfect”

“I am not trying to be perfect. I gave that up a long time back. But what I am trying to be good at, is to let my uniqueness shine trough.

Now that’s an art worth perfecting.”

“Acceptance”

“The more we accept each fallen piece, the less broken we are.”

(both by Asmita Rajiv)

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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