Poetry Friday: “More Than We Are”
Whew, that was quick.
My youngest daughter, Katherine, is graduating high school this weekend, so there was no question for me as to what poem I should share today. Katherine is a very talented young woman, whose photography has graced more than a few blog posts here. She was selected as a New Hampshire Scholar for her above-average course load while in high school, and I’m very proud of her.
I wrote this a little over a year ago – and although it’s not really ‘about’ her, the message was created with her, her older sisters, and all young people in mind.
(Good grief, I just used the phrase “young people.” That makes me think I might not be one of them anymore.)
Anyhoo…for all of today’s Poetry Friday festivities, visit Margaret at Reflections on the Teche!
“More Than We Are (for Katherine)”
An astronaut’s an astronaut,
But may be someone’s dad
Who takes his daughter fishing
When she feels a little sad.
A banker is a banker
But might be a mom, as well,
Who shows her son the alphabet
And helps him learn to spell.
A teacher is a teacher
But could be a singer, too;
The janitor at school may wish
He ran the local zoo.
His son might be a doctor
Who is saving someone’s life;
The lady at the store today
Might be the doctor’s wife.
Each homeless person on the street,
Each writer of a song,
Each boy or girl you chance to meet
Has somewhere they belong.
There’s always more than what we see,
And as we learn and grow,
We’re all more than we seem to be –
And you’re more than you know.
– © 2012, Matt Forrest Esenwine
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