Friday, December 12, 2014


Last week, I read an advent devotional about the Celts' concept of "thin places," those times in life when the heavens thin and the God seems especially close. I totally love teaching, and know, at the absolute depth of my being, that I am doing what I am called to do. It's not surprising to me, then, that many of my thin places occur in that arena. This morning, I'm sharing a few of those with you. (The past couple of weeks, I have been writing haiku with Mary Lee, so that's what the first two are, or at least pretty close).

Kindergarten Reader

I’m getting smarter
she proclaims, finger meeting print
a one girl marching band
(c) Carol Wilcox, 2014

Middle School Lunch Duty
Yes, I will guard your
lunch boxes, glasses, romances
family secrets, dreams
(c) Carol Wilcox, 2014

 And one I couldn't quite get into a haiku---

"In the Cafeteria"

hey you, 
long tongue outstretched, 
how you can lick 
chocolate pudding 
off the end of your nose, 
I see that chrysalis cracking

(c) Carol Wilcox, 2014

Mr. Paul Hankins, a teacher from Indiana, 
is hosting Poetry Friday for the first time. 
Head over there to read lots more great poetry.


Linda B said...

Well, all of them touch me, Carol-lovely responses to the topic. But I especially love "chrysalis cracking"-exactly!

Ramona said...

My response to "chrysalis cracking" was the same as Linda's. You nailed the middle school years with that image and beautiful words. So fun that your calling spans from kindergarten to middle school. Lucky students!

Tabatha said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely "thin places" concept. "one girl marching band" is a wonderful metaphor!

jama said...

Enjoyed all of these, Carol. I love those romances, family secrets and dreams mixed in with the lunch boxes and glasses.

Ruth said...

Oh, Carol, I absolutely love the middle school one. It's so exactly right. Thanks for these!

Julie said...

Every Poetry Friday I am amazed to see how many wonderful teachers out there who love their work and love poetry!! It's inspirational. My favorite is that long-tongued pudding licker..."

Mary Lee said...

Oh, that kindergarten reader!

It's SOOOoooo much fun to be writing with you and sharing these small/huge moments. Thank you for coming along for the ride!

Tara said...

In the Cafeteria - LOVE this one!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Carol, I love that last one too--I think I better run my current manuscript by you--some similar themes! Would you be willing?

And of course, kindergarteners and the thin, holy place when reading breaks through!

Carol said...

I'd be honored to read your manuscript. Email me and I will send you my address. Or just send the manuscript via email.

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

What a nice group of poems! The middle school one is spot on!

jan godown annino said...

The poems read like they are in a poetry collection. Heartmelt moments, Carol.
And yes, about the opening, the betwixt & between universes, the opening/thining.
Sweet thoughts to you.