A Sticky Note of Apology

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A Sticky Note of Apology

Forgive me
for I have failed.
You wrote one word
across my face
and stuck me
to the door
where you couldn’t help
but see me.
I stayed there
focused on my goal
until the wind blew
through a window
(the one you left open).
Despite my best efforts,
and layers of pressure-sensitive adhesive,
I fell,
fluttering,
onto the saxophone case
still sitting
by the door.

 

This is what happens when you combine school supplies with forms featured by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

 

For more Poetry Friday and a great explanation of what it is, visit Renee at No Water River.

© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015

Instructions for a Favorite Pen

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Instructions for a Favorite Pen

Follow my lead—
first straight, then
hook, loop, and roll,
glide across the page
like a skater with sharp blades
on fresh ice.
Leave your mark
on my paper,
not my pocket.
Remember, I need you.
Don’t run away
in someone else’s hand.

 

© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015

Earth Day

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Earth Day

I’m done with this desk
and tapping on keys,
looking through windows,
watching the breeze.

Today is a day
for dancing with trees,
singing to clouds,
and following bees.

 

© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015

Field Trip

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Field Trip

Today our classroom is the Chesapeake.
The dock is our desk.
We read the water,
combing the pages
for blue crabs, grass shrimp, and plankton.
We stand on the map
we studied at school.
Diagrams we labeled
wriggle in our hands.
Our socks are wet.
Our hands are red and chapped.
We shiver in the wind
that blows across the bay
as memories nestle in our heads
like mud crabs among oysters.
Today our classroom is the Chesapeake.
Our teacher is the world.

 

We had a great day at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We combed oyster bars for mud crabs and grass shrimp. We checked the turbidity, salinity, and pH of the water. We seined and checked crab pots and looked at plankton under microscopes. It was a great day of learning and we weren’t near any desks.

© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015

Far Away Friends

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Far Away Friends

When I see the stars,
you see the sun,
but we both remember
our long days of fun.

When I see the sun,
you see the stars,
but distance can’t end
a friendship like ours.

I may live here,
and you may live there,
but we will be friends
no matter the where.

 

I’m stepping away from my desk for a moment. A friend asked me for a poem for her son because his best friend is moving to Shanghai. I couldn’t easily find one (suggestions welcome!) so I wrote this for them.

© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015