Every nine weeks, my students write a new I-Am poem to help build their writing portfolio and so they can see how they changed over the course of the year. It is interesting to read them because often times even though they know that their poems will be read by me they confess little truths about themselves. The format is simple and can be altered easily to let them express themselves more freely. Tonight, I decided to write my own to get my creative thoughts flowing.
I am tired and burnt out
I wonder if I will ever cease being living in a state of permanent exhaustion
I hear the not so quiet sounds of students working
I see myself getting older and wondering where all the time went
I want to do so much more than I am
I am constantly working to find a way out
I pretend that I have it handle, but I’ve never really been good at this game
I believe there has to be a way, a better way than the one I am living
I touch the brace on my leg and count the days until it is off
I feel the pain between my shoulder blades taunting me
I worry that there will never be another book and the thing my body has become will be permanent
I cry too often
I understand the cycle and know that tomorrow or tonight I will find my fight again.
I am myself and this is only temporary