Poetic Reflections from Shortridge

we haven’t written

as much as we hoped for

but that’s okay.

what really matters

is the time we shared.

the laughter.

As this semester went on I realized that being present was more important than my knowledge about writing. Of course being competent is important, but what is more important is being able to be a body in a room, showing up and spending quality time with the kids.

the essays revised

& revised again

& eventually completed & ready

to submit to colleges & teachers

who just want to see

that their students are trying.

Another thing that I realized is that I really enjoy helping students with their academic work. I was not expecting this since I usually tend to be more creative than analytical.

felt impressed by all of the kids

really. their humor & imagination

the way that they keep trying

i hope to keep trying too.

My favorite part of this entire semester was the kids and how they kept inspiring me to be better, for their sake and for mine.

Audrey Bowers is a graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing program.