I Am…..A Poem

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I loved doing this poem, using this template. Thank you Mama Kat, for a great prompt.

 

I am calm and bold
I wonder how long I’ll feel this way
I hear the waves of the ocean
I see the blue, blue sky
I want to feel this way forever
I am calm and bold

I pretend to lie on my back and watch the seagulls fly
I feel light and free
I touch my children’s warm hands
I worry about the big bad world
I cry to think that my children’s hearts will one day be broken
I am calm and bold

I understand that life is challenging
I say go big or go home
I dream of a wonderful future for my family
I try to be the best wife and mother I can be
I hope that they know that
I am calm and bold

I wrote this in 10 minutes, filling in the blanks of the template with the first things that came to mind. So, anyone can be a poet yes?

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • July 12, 2012 Barbara

    You did a great job. I love the poem.
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    • July 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! I kinda like it too. 🙂

  • July 12, 2012 Katie

    Now every one can be a poet. I liked doing this prompt too.
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    • July 12, 2012 Alison

      That’s the best part!

  • July 12, 2012 thedoseofreality

    So interesting! I am definitely going to check it out! 🙂 I really liked what you wrote here.
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    • July 12, 2012 Alison

      It was really fun, do try it!

  • July 12, 2012 Jaime

    Just perfect.
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    • July 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jaime.

  • July 12, 2012 Natalie

    You really did a great job!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Natalie!

  • July 12, 2012 Katie

    I do “I am” poems with my students at the beginning and end of each school year.

    Love.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      It’s such a great exercise. I love that I didn’t know how it’d turn out when I started.

  • July 12, 2012 Jessica

    Love it, Alison. I also would interject that this poem will speak to *all* mothers (even if they’ve never been to the ocean) but the descriptions of your feelings are so spot-on and universal.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica!

  • July 12, 2012 KalleyC

    This is a very lovely poem. I’m actually interested in trying this prompt out.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kalley! I hope you do try it out, it was fun.

  • July 12, 2012 kaye

    well done, I like how you changed up the last sentence. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      I did that by accident! But thank you.

  • July 13, 2012 Tammi

    I did this a few days ago! It was fun and easy!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      It was, indeed!

  • July 13, 2012 Bruna

    I admire your calmness after having your 2nd child. Calm was not what I was after my 3rd but maybe that’s another story.

    Beautiful choice of words for writing it so fast!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Calm is my word of the year. For a reason. I need calm in my life or I’d lose my mind 🙂

  • July 13, 2012 Carolyn

    I love it. I’m so going to “write” a poem.
    I also liked your word choices ~ bold and calm, just great.

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Carolyn! Do try it, it’s fun. I might do this more often.

  • July 13, 2012 Crystal

    Great job! I loved it!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Crystal!

  • July 13, 2012 Janice

    As you know, I love poetry. This. Just. Flows. I totally feel the calmness to this poem. It’s all about the feelings!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Coming from you Janice The Poet, I’m really flattered!

  • July 13, 2012 Jessica

    This is beautiful! Yes, you are quite the poet!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Heh thanks Jessica!

  • July 13, 2012 Maggie S.

    WOW! I learned so much from this. I know it’s all yours, but it found me right where I am.

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Maggie!

  • July 13, 2012 Sue

    I beg to differ. Not anyone can.

    But you? You can. Well done.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Ack, you’re too kind, my friend. Too. Kind.

  • July 13, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    “Calm and content”…wonderful qualities.
    Beautiful poem, Alison 🙂
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Actually, it’s calm and bold, I started with calm and content and it didn’t fit – I forgot to change the last line! Mom brain, duh. 🙂

  • July 13, 2012 Christine

    Love this Alison! Everything about it. I’ve been muttering to myself “calm and brave” lately.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      You are brave! 🙂

  • July 13, 2012 Heather

    I love the line that says “I am calm and content.” I’m trying to focus on slowing down and being content in my own life…it’s easy to get caught up in wanting more, but I have so much to be thankful for. Hopefully I’ll be able to put that on an “I am” poem about myself one day in the future. 🙂
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      It’s actually meant to be calm and bold at the end – I changed it up at the last minute and forgot to change the last line 🙂 Do try this template, it was fun!

  • July 13, 2012 Stasha

    I almost did this prompt. . . But decided to save it for another day.

    Go big or go home? Yes, that.

    Take chances and see where they take you.

    Love your poem, Alison.

    Love.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Stasha, thank you.

  • July 13, 2012 Julia

    I love the last section of the poem, “I say go big or go home”.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Heh, that’s my mantra – well, most days anyway 🙂

  • July 13, 2012 Natalie

    Love this! What a powerful place you are in right now.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Natalie – I am happy where I am.

  • July 13, 2012 Deb

    Very nice! I enjoyed this prompt and yes, it helps us all be poets. 🙂
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Deb!

  • July 13, 2012 Jamie

    That was a great prompt and you did an awesome job at it!! Calm and Bold is such an empowering statement. Good for you Mama!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jamie!

  • July 13, 2012 Julia

    I love this, and I love reading your heart. What a prompt, huh? This is perfection.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Julia, for your kind words.

  • July 13, 2012 AnnMarie

    Aw…I love this and yes, with or without the prompt, you are a poet, my friend.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      You really are too kind, AnnMarie 🙂

  • July 13, 2012 Kimberly

    Love your poem!

    I like this exercise. I may do a few more later on.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Yes I think it would be very interesting to do this at different times in our lives!

  • July 13, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —Mama A,
    You. Are. So. Much. More. Xx
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      You’re too sweet, my friend.

  • July 13, 2012 Lisa

    This is wonderful – you write beautifully!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Lisa!

  • July 13, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    This is wonderful! Well Done!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Deirdre!

  • July 14, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    I tried this one initially, but I came out looking bad…ha!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha! I’m very interested to read what you wrote heh.

  • July 14, 2012 Kristen

    You are calm and bold and you are also an amazing writer. Not everyone can pull this off and certainly not in 10 minutes. Enjoy every compliment you get on this. It was amazing!!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kristen! I usually do my best work when I’m not overthinking (hence overwriting or overediting!)

  • July 14, 2012 Jessica

    Go big or go home. Yes, exactly.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Glad you agree.

  • July 14, 2012 Stasha

    LOVE THI so very much. You are my kinda girl 🙂
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      You’re sweet, thank you.

  • July 14, 2012 JimmyFJames

    This was a good poem. I agree with all you wrote… except I try to be the best HUSBAND I can be! LOL

    Visiting from MamaKats

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for coming by Jimmy!

  • I’m struck by the similarities in our poems… there is no place in the world I am more content than at the beach!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      I love being near the ocean!

  • July 14, 2012 Kimberly

    This is so so beautiful.
    You should do more of these.
    Really. xo
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Ack, you’re so sweet to me, seriously!!

  • July 15, 2012 Greta

    I love this! Beautiful.

    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Greta!

  • July 15, 2012 Jen Has A Pen

    You ARE a poet! 🙂 I love the line about pretending to watch seagulls fly.
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Jen!!

  • July 15, 2012 Erin

    Wow, 10 minutes?! Amazing!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thereabouts. I usually write better when I just let the words flow. And thank you!

  • July 15, 2012 Robin

    You nailed it. This is so you. Love how you’ve expressed yourself through this- glad you decided to write!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Robin – you inspired me to!

  • July 16, 2012 Just Jennifer

    I so need to do this! Good job!
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      You should, it was fun!

  • July 16, 2012 Galit Breen

    I love this with every last bit of my heart.

    {But you already knew that.}

    Beautifully done, friend.

    xo
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    • July 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, sweetheart.xo

  • July 20, 2012 Tonya

    I didn’t participate in Mama Kat’s prompt last week, but if I had, I was going to do this one too. Great job, Alison!
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    • July 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tonya!

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