On Sundays, I invite Ethical ELA friends to do some creative writing — a stanza or story about anything you wish. I will, however, offer some inspiration to get you started:
Think about someone you admire. It may be someone you know well or someone you only know from afar. Of course, you don’t have to know or love someone to pay tribute to him or her in a stanza or story. Write a poem honoring one of your daily or super heroes, someone who has, up close or at a distance, made a difference in your life.
From a Distance
From a distance I watch–though not in that creepy, stalker way.
I notice how you go about your day with deliberate strokes, sure of your way:
Calculated balance in your choices and moves — never too much of this or to little of that,
Careful ‘n precise discretion — never soaring to excess nor slipping into debt.
Laughing without restraint.
Suffering without complaint.
Loyal with measured doubt.
Honest, and not to a fault.
Only a few feet away now, I will move a bit closer (again, not with that creepy, stalker dread),
and I shall try to laugh with you though I imagine I will watch you laugh instead,
and I shall try to refrain from complaint when I feel pain or my heart is flat,
and I shall be more loyal and honest because you —
you are a pretty good teacher.