Friday, March 04, 2016

Twenty-one Distichs about Children: A Poem by Eli Siegel

I am pleased to post the poem, "Twenty-one Distichs about Children," by Eli Siegel.  My colleague, Lauren Philips, who is a middle school teacher in the New York City public school system using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method as the basis of her lessons, says this about the poem: [It] "expresses the feelings of a child—and also the meaning of a child—with beautiful respect and depth. I’m grateful for it, as both a mother and educator. When my son was younger, these musical couplets helped me understand him and also myself, and encouraged me to meet both his hopes and my own."....  Here are several of these important distichs: