Lists of Grateful

lists of grateful

We’re in the park
across from school.
I asked the 10th Graders
to meet me at the fountain.
The boys stood in the fountain.
It’s hard not to laugh.

We’re writing gratitude lists.

Here’s mine.

Silent Japanese construction.
In just two weeks
on a plot of land
tucked snug between
the station and a store
a two-story building was built
without construction noise.

Spring.
The way Yokohama has exploded
with purple and yellow.
White blossoms announce little weddings
hosted high in trees.

The kindle app
that lets me read books
on my iPad Mini.

Forgiveness.

A small grey dog in a pink dress
walked by a serious man in
a black suit.

Carrot cake and the gift of a ceramic goldfish
for my birthday.

In just three days,
my sister and I will meet
under the bright lights
of New York City.

Facebook.
Freedom.
Silver jewelry.

Red shoes.
Laughter.
Buying student art.

Photo walks.
Noticing the way the trees
bend in the wind.
The way they say hello.

Beginnings and endings
and everything in between.

All the things I don’t yet know.

The secret language of 10th graders.
 

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