Two Poems (inspired by young people)

Here are two poems I wrote inspired by leading workshops in schools:

“Where I’m From”, based on an exercise in George Ella Lyon’s “how-to” poetry book:

I’m from fast motorcycles and old cars rolling over rolling hills.

I’m from double lines stretched through burnt desert and snowy peaks.

I’m from too much TV and video game calluses.

I’m from get your hands up and sit your butt down.

I’m from what are you doing here and where you think you’re going?

I’m from a pacifying ocean and an angry book, my Achilles heel.

The River of Words curriculum integrates the detailed observation of a scientist with the creative passion of an artist.

Stiff-tailed duck makes a long

ripple, dipping underwater.

Fish fins flap, and gills gulp.

In the cattails, glides the duck.