Like many of this site’s regular readers, I am at the PLUS D&O Symposium this week. Because the activities at the Symposium have disrupted my normal opportunities to blog, I thought I would fill the gap with some poetry.
These two winter poems come to us from Lucy Griffiths, Age 9, of Arlington, Virginia. Lucy is the daughter of my good friends and former colleagues, Stacey McGraw, of the Troutman Sanders law firm, and John Griffiths, of the U.S. Department of Justice. Here are Lucy’s winter poems.
Whispers are spoken
as flurries fall
Secrets are broken
while the snow grows tall
Feet wander making tracks
all while the snowflakes start to pack
The winter wind is crisp to your cheeks
The wind calls like a bird’s beak
The winter wind wonders what to do,
Should it snap?
Should it crackle?
Should it flow into your shoe?
The winter wind blows through the trees
It will never do as you please
Lucy is an award-winning poet. Last year, one of her poems won first prize in the Arlington County Public Schools Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visual and Literary Arts Contest. Here is her prize-winning poem “How Will I Rid the World of Hate”:
How I will rid the world of hate?
How will I rid the world of hate?
Hate won’t get you anywhere.
Hate will keep you in the hatred zone.
Love will give you happiness
as merry as a sunny day.
Love brings joy
as strong as a lifelong friendship.
Love warms your heart
like the warm sun that beats down on my face.
Love gives you the faith to get rid of hate.
If you’re lost in the hatred zone,
replace your hatred with love.
Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were great leaders
they taught us it is our responsibility to
bring love to the world and be leaders.
Dr. King taught to us to treat all people fairly
Nelson Mandela taught us
apartheid was treating people improperly
Gandhi taught us to act peacefully.