Reflecting on a Poem

The poem Yes, by William Stafford, is a timely one to share with students and colleagues, either face to face or virtually. Here, a reading and suggestions for how to reflect together on the poem. 



It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.

It could you know. That’s why we wake
and look out–no guarantees
in this life.

But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.


William Stafford

Reflecting on a poem

Read the poem out loud or play the video above. 

Next, if possible, you can read as a group by inviting students to read up to a line each.  

Give students a few minutes to study the poem by themselves, in silence.  Invite them to pick a line that resonates with them in some way as they think about the past few weeks of their lives.

Once again, go around, this time asking students to read out the line that resonates with them, thus creating a personalized version of the poem. 

For the next go round, ask students to read their line again, this time explaining why they picked that line.