General Poetry posted November 11, 2022

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Reflecting on my Legacy

In my Autumn Years

by Sandra Nelms-Ludwig

Alternate Poem Contest Winner 
As my hair turns shades of gray,
and my movement slows down
what will my legacy  say
here in my own hometown?
Will people remember me teaching
and the many years I taught?
How I pushed children to keep reaching
despite challenges life has brought.
My years as park ranger and soldier
 are worth mentioning after I die.
Perhaps my poetry will not grow old
but live on to create a thinking cry.
Winter looms as autumn years recede.
I have given the world my best.
Helped motivate others to succeed
For me this is my legacy of success.

Writing Prompt
Write an Alternate Poem in abab rhyme.
May be any topic and any length

The people along the sand (A)

All turn and look one way. (B)

They turn their back on the land. (A)

They look at the sea all day. (B)

Alternate Poem
Contest Winner



Top left photo: Dancing with some of my female students at the annual school talent show to the empowerment ballad, "I'm Every Woman". Dance created by my students and me.
Top right photo: Women's History Month photo with my female students. We agreed to wear black and white. We had a private lunch in the classroom and laughed and talked about whatever was on their hearts and minds. Of course, all students completed a unit of study on the contributions of females to the American culture.
Bottom left photo: I organized an annual poetry reading called the "Poets' Cafe".
All of my students who wrote poetry or loved poetry read their original or favorite poets' poems for the community. The young lady with her arms folded on the front row has released a chapbook of poetry and her first hardcopy book entitled "Bright Shade". I received my signed copy in the mail.
Bottom right photo: My students and I always started class time with a large group chat and lots of laughter.
Photos are from three different Middle School classes.

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