|Horace Mann Middle School Principal, Rebecca Motte|
Guilt trips, twisting arms, calling in "I owe you's", advertising or whatever, worked. My Favorite Poetry Project was a huge success. All my readers showed up and were wonderful. Better--the audience was overflowing. I, as moderator, was facing the audience and I couldn't get over the attention the people had, even the sixth-grade students.
Afterwards, I was in the library to just kill time until the time for my "writers' group, the Senior Scribblers, and I could hear people in the hall discussing the event. Praises were sung! Everyone loved it. The favorite seemed to be the sixth graders reciting Maya Angelou's Caged Bird. And no wonder they were a hit. They recited, not read their poem. It didn't hurt that they were cute, either. Two teachers were there and they recited, too. Everyone else read theirs. All were excellent.
The last person to read was Principal Rebecca Motte from the aforementioned school of sixth graders. Her poem was I Am by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
I know not whence I came,
I know not whither I go;
But the fact stands clear that I am here
In this world of pleasure and woe.
And out of the mist and the murk
Another truth shines plain –
It is my power each day and hour
To add to its joy or its pain.
Apropos, is it not? More than her poem being a concluding statement, it was her introduction that remains with me. She pointed out how interconnected this community of Franklin, MA is. Here at the Senior Center, we had representatives from the Middle School, the High School, Dean College, Municipal Government and the local citizenry. All the entities have frequently invited each other for other events. Last Monday, for example, the Senior Center was invited to participate in a sociology class at Dean College. Seniors have also taken courses at the college. Middle School students come to help us seniors with technology needs. There is so much more. This is what community is and I am so blessed to have been a part of it today.