Hiking the Trail According to Gorp: Exercise!

National Trail Mix Day – a great way to plan for stamina for the journey! The featured poem today in Dictionary for a Better World as I delve into the word exercise is a Golden Shovel, which uses a striking line from Maya Angelou, nothing will work unless you do, at the end of each line that reads vertically. Here is a poem that I wrote that appears in the book Rhyme and Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes.

A Golden Shovel Tribute to Athletes

some days when the body resists – make

room to persist, cheering yourself through the hoops

in slumps, jump higher to tackle

your hurdles, to bat

heart-stopping grand-slam homeruns

for the love of the game, with

the grit of a true athlete – discover your

unimaginable power to accomplish the impossible

This striking line in bold is taken from Mary Oliver’s poem “Evidence” – Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. I placed my striking line at the beginning of each line.

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*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at www.ethicalela.com, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.

One Reply to “Hiking the Trail According to Gorp: Exercise!”

  1. Kim, I don’t think I’ve had the privilege of reading your poem in Rhyme and Rhythm before. It is definitely encouraging for student athletes to keep on. My favorite: “to bat / heart-stopping grand-slam homeruns”

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