Being, Doing – BOING!
Keep up with life’s rhythmic bounce
Now the ball has dropped
Pushed and pulled now – PUFF!
In a cough, the order’s gone
Chaos! Tag, you’re it!
Now we sit, stay – RUFF!
Yet still, there’s a need to fetch
Wait for it – steady
Being, staying, here
My eyes reflect what’s in yours
Let’s go build a fort
I originally wrote this connected senryu just to get down some thoughts I’ve had this week. Serendipitously, Laura at dVerse asked for poems about our relationship with “order” and with a few word changes, this poem fit right in. I do like using a poetry form – it helps me to not be too wordy and makes me focus on showing not telling (I hope you can see that in my poetry!). I also do love order – not to be confused with a love of cleaning, though! I love the order of knowing what to expect, which is why I don’t love our current coronavirus situation.
The poem starts with this inspiration:
Yes, that is a basketball and a foam tennis ball in the branches of a tree. I don’t know what the kids were doing outside but they swear it was not intentional…
The middle part (I’m pretty sure) came from my subconscious acceptance that my kids really, really, really want a dog (yes, “Ruff” = “Rough” in the poem). They are doing everything in their power to show how responsible they will be if we got one (including daily vacuuming). My older daughter even made a powerpoint presentation about why we should get a dog. My conscious answer is still, “We’ll see…” (meaning “no”) but the fact that a dog made it into a poem….
It ends with the first picture – my kids building with these large lego blocks and other materials (chairs, picnic blankets, boxes, bikes, cones). Obviously, this was a week where minimum school work was accomplished yet there was still lots of learning and problem solving opportunities.
I go back and forth between how much to enforce schoolwork and our daily schedule versus allowing the kids to do what they want. Some days (OK, most days), I am pretty strict with staying on schedule and making sure the kids are productive in an academic way. Prior to the coronavirus shut down, our lives were full with activities and things to do. We had a schedule, an order, a rhythm to our day and week that didn’t waver and was usually pretty consistent once it was set. (Yes, I have read the articles about how kids thrive in consistent environments.) And I thought the kids liked doing all these activities.
I think they still do, but I think they also enjoy this slower pace of life that allows them the freedom to be more spontaneous with their time. Despite the inevitable chaos of having some days with less structure, having more time together to just be with each other to play, talk, connect – it really is a positive outcome of having to “shelter-in-place” to “flatten the curve” of this pandemic. Kids really don’t need all that much – well, besides a dog….
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