April is National Poetry Month. How timely! When things seem almost too vast to comprehend, a poem can help express things we don't know how to explain in detail. We're all at home, and yet our schedules are so harried, so I don't know many among us who are digging into an engrossing novel right now. But a poem? That can be a quick and deeply meaningful, perhaps even transformative, thing to read.
Even the NYC transit system has "Poetry in Motion," making poetry available to commuters as a gentle balm during the rush of the day. And now, away from the crowds and in our homes, poetry can have a remarkable healing power, whether you read it or write it.
Big changes come with big challenges, and this past week was certainly a big change for all of us, as our teachers and students started online classrooms under the cloud of the COVID-19 virus that continues to spread throughout the world.
At the beginning of the week our head of school sent this message:
Be patient...with us, with your children as they adapt to learning online, and with yourself. Everyone’s emotional and physical well-being is far more important than learning the difference between a comma and a semi-colon.”