National Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt


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Write a sestina

When I was reading the link about how to write this poem I decided to start with just one stanza and work from there, without worrying where my thoughts would go in the following five stanzas. A thought came to my mind and it was about the kids I used to teach. I don’t know what led me to that but it was there.

The students I used to teach were in our clinical day school for social-emotional disturbances that were no longer manageable in the public schools. Each morning was sort of like a crap-shoot with these kids because their mood often depended on life at home. Some had nothing to eat in their homes. Some had parents that needed more help than they could ever find. We knew we had to be prepared for everything. That was our job along with teaching. I miss those days and those little ones. This poem may give you a glimpse of what it was like each day.

Starting a New Day

Good morning, glad you came again today 
I have left you something good to eat. 
I am sorry that you do not look happy  
Is there something you need to talk about 
We will help you work these things out. 
There is nothing to fear when you are here. 

When you come and I see you here 
I think how lucky I am today. 
To see that you have come out 
so, enjoy what there is to eat. 
Later we will see what you will learn about 
and hopefully the list makes you happy. 

I love to see you smile because you are happy 
I think it helps that you have come here. 
There is nothing here for  you to worry about 
Every day is a new day like it is today. 
Nourish your brain as you enjoy something to eat 
We will see to it that your problems are worked out. 

I want to know how your day is turning out 
It looks like you  are very happy 
It always helps when we have something good to eat. 
Something we always offer you here. 
Let’s look at all you have accomplished today. 
We can talk of all you have learned about. 

There is something I would like to ask you about 
It has to do with you getting out 
Where will you go later today? 
Will it be a place where you can be happy? 
Will you be very far or try to stay here? 
We can think about it while you eat. 

I have tried to provide you something healthy to eat 
I know that we  have a lot to talk about 
we can chat for as long as we need  and sit here 
I hope you  know that  you can  let your fears out 
I only want to help  you be healthy  and happy 
Because every day is important like today. 

When  you  come here  you may always have something to eat 
Whether today or another day it is you we will  talk about 
When you get those feelings out you will feel a bit more happy.   

©2021 CBialczak Poetry
NPM 21

4 thoughts on “National Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt

  1. I was scarred for life when I wrote my first sestina. It was so excruciating! But I’ve called a truce – it is always difficult to find those 6 words that will become the basis for the whole poem! Some are masters but I’m not even close. This is a really, really good start!!

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  2. Thank you for this! Years ago a co-worker told me the rules of the sestina because she was writing one for a class. I tried my hand at a couple but lost the notebook where I wrote the rules down. I like yours. Do another one!

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