#NationalPoetryMonth inspires me to add more poetry to both my own and my students' writing collections. So I use prompts with them that also move me to write what I assign. My students liked this, and I hope you will, too.
(inspired by the poem "Harlem," by Langston Hughes)
by Susan L. Lipson
What happens to social outrage,
never acted upon?
Does it whirl around like a funnel cloud,
in search of captives to uplift and transport,
Or does it hover indecisively,
Then get blown out to sea?
Does it spark like twigs and logs,
carefully stacked and lit,
Or choke like embers
smothered by handfuls of sand?
Maybe it just gets buried,
like nuclear waste?
Or does it burn like a city set ablaze by rioters?