Thank you to Violet at Violet Nesdoly | Poems for hosting Poetry Friday.
Throughout January in Oregon, one can find many celebrations honoring William Stafford born this month.
With the political climate and this day, I went to the files of Stafford in search of an appropriate poem to share. From Poetry Foundation:
We wondered what our walk should mean,
taking that un-march quietly;
the sun stared at our signs— “Thou shalt not kill.”
Men by a tavern said, “Those foreigners . . .”
to a woman with a fur, who turned away—
like an elevator going down, their look at us.
Along a curb, their signs lined across,
a picket line stopped and stared
the whole width of the street, at ours: “Unfair.”
Above our heads the sound truck blared—
by the park, under the autumn trees—
it said that love could fill the atmosphere:
Occur, slow the other fallout, unseen,
on islands everywhere—fallout, falling
unheard. We held our poster up to shade our eyes.
At the end we just walked away;
no one was there to tell us where to leave the signs.
William Stafford, “Peace Walk” from The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by William Stafford.
An interesting piece about this POEM
I just picked up Alice B. McGinty’s newest book, Gandhi: A March to the Sea from the library.
In 1930, Gandhi led a twenty-four day march from Ahmedabad to Dandi by the sea. It was a pivotal event in Indian history to break away from the taxation policies of Britain. The seventy marchers promised to break the laws of getting salt from the sea.
Gandhi was successful in demonstrating in a peaceful manner.
McGinty uses free verse accompanied by evocative illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez. It’s a book that illustrates an abstract concept of peaceful protest in such a way that young children will understand.
The book contains a map of the route and notes on British India along with source notes and a bibliography.
I have a third grade teacher who likes introducing students to social justice. This book will be a good resource for him. It would also be great to use with fifth graders and their study of the causes of the America Revolution and taxation.
Title: Gandhi: A March to the Sea
Author: Alice B. McGinty
Illustrator: Thomas Gonzalez.
Reading Level: 3rd grade and up
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing
Source: Borrowed from the public library.
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