My Tribute to 9/11: Joy Unearthed

Joy Unearthed

We know not if we shall hold our sweetheart in our arms another moment,
We will not know where the time went.

To capture a smile is to experience heaven on earth.
To share a laugh is a bit of ecstacy unearthed.

Amidst the dirt and soil of the day we shall find
glimpses of hope and joy and we must bring to mind
these moments do not last,
dusk comes arrow fast.

 So, I shall stay and play
amidst the dirt of the day.
Not waiting for the gleaming pristine stone
but to seek diamonds amidst rocks unknown.

Pocketing memories of hope and tears.
These are the years!
May I never say
I spent so much time digging in the day
that I did not stop to see
the little joys right in front of me.

Life is short, dirt is cheap
but the smiles, laughter, and joys
are the treasures that we keep
priceless, sweet gifts of the earth.

Vicki Davis

As I contemplate today, I listen to Fragile recorded by Sting on 9/11.

This is my own artistic tribute to this thing called life. Remember your priorities and that lip service doesn't mean as much as foot service

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Angela Maiers September 11, 2008 - 1:59 pm

This is beautiful. What a powerful way to reflect on the tragic day and to attend to what matters most in our lives. Thank you for sharing. God Bless America!

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