Poetry Friday: A pretty deep poem for a 7-year-old

As I’ve mentioned here before, we homeschooled our two young kids this past year due to the Covid shutdown, and although some days were better than others, it was, overall, a success. The kids learned everything they needed to learn – and more – and didn’t seem to loathe the process of homeschooling as much as they loathed not being around their friends.

I do have to say, there were extra-special days where they surprised me, either at how well they understood a lesson or how adroitly they completed it. One such day was back in March, when my daughter was tasked with a lesson from her English Language Arts program that required her to write a poem about light. Completely unbeknownst to me, she came up with this all on her own; I never saw it until she had finished it:

I know, I know, every parent thinks their kid is a genius or a protege or whatever…but seriously, this is pretty thoughtful for a 2nd-grader. I told her I was so proud of her that I’d make sure everyone I knew read it, if that was ok with her. “Sure!” she said. And so I present it to you here – better late than never.

Molly Hogan is celebrating summer while hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup at Nix the Comfort Zone – so head on over for all of today’s poetry links and fun!


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14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A pretty deep poem for a 7-year-old

  1. Denise Krebs

    Matt, how fun is that? I love this poem about all kinds of Light. Beautiful work. What a joy for you to get to teach your children this past year. It added to a difficult year some light and love that will never be taken away.

    To your daughter: Thank you so much for sharing your work with your dad’s readers. We are lucky today to get to read your poem. My favorite line is “and as I watch I’ll see my god to light up the night as well.” That touches my heart. Nice rhyming in your poem too!


  2. I know you are beaming with pride, Matt, and rightfully so. Your daughter’s poem is a keeper and can you imagine what she will think when she is older=how proud she will be that her Dad shared her work. Like Denise, I love this line your daughter composed: “and as I watch I’ll see my god to light up the night as well.” That is a beautiful spiritual sight, prayer-like.


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