Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I Am Poem

Today's post joins two things that I am passionate about: poetry and reflection.  I love writing poetry because it is very expressive and creative.  And reflection is such a valuable tool that we should really be taking more advantage of.  We learn so much through reflection.  So today I am sharing an I Am Poem, which is a reflection tool I picked up at a leadership conference.  Here's how it works:

1st Stanza
1. I am (two special qualities about yourself)
2. I wonder (something you are actually curious about)
3. I hear (sounds you enjoy)
4. I see (your favorite sights)
5. I want (an actual desire)
6. I am (repeat the first line of the poem)

2nd Stanza
1. I imagine (a place or situation other than here)
2. I feel (feeling you experience in your daily living)
3. I touch (or influence someone or something)
4. I worry (something that concerns you)
5. I cry (something that makes you sad)
6. I am (repeat the first line of the poem)

3rd Stanza
1. I understand (something you know is true)
2. I say (something you believe in)
3. I dream (something you hope for)
4. I try (something you really make an effort to do)
5. I hope (something you actually hope for)
6. I am (repeat the first line of the poem)

And here is my version:

I am creative and unique
I wonder if we’ll ever find life in outer space
I hear the trains at night
I see a baseball game
I want to make a difference in the world
I am creative and unique

I imagine a world with Woolly Mammoths
I feel anxious
I influence the students I work with
I worry that I will never find true love
I cry because people don’t want to get to know the real me
I am creative and unique

I understand that everyone is different
I say you should always be trying to make yourself better
I dream about writing a best selling book
I try to make the world a better place than how I found it
I hope that I will be remembered as a good person
I am creative and unique

I invite all of you to write your own I Am Poem and share it with your friends.

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