Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Friday, March 25, 2011

Poetry Friday: Why Did You Homeschool?

Why Did You Homeschool? 

by Lorie Ann Grover, 2011 

Why did you homeschool, 
you ask, 
with casual curiosity, 
rankled judgment, 
pouting pity, 
or genuine fascination for the odd. 

I say, 
I wanted that moment 
when my child sounded out 
her first words 
with wonder.   

I wanted to witness 
the awakening 
rushing over her eyes, 
pouring from her round, full lips 
sound, sound, sounding out 

I wanted to see 
for myself 
her first passions 
of octopi, Pompeii, the joy of reason, and 
the giggle of rhyme. 

I wanted to grasp 
the gift 
of my child’s awakening awe. 

I took the treasure, 
held it, knew it, felt it, breathed it 
beside her. 

I schooled my daughter 
for joy. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said... tender!