Thank goodness Stacey put up a poetry prompt today, because I desperately needed the inspiration! I enjoyed the “I Remember” poem, and ended up writing about the journals we were required to keep in eighth grade. We wrote everyday for ten minutes, and my teacher allowed us to pass our books around during that time. Essentially, we wrote long notes to each other, like notebook IMing, and responded to each other. Sometimes I wrote in 4 notebooks per period! Today, I love to look back through those notes to see the girls we were.
I remember sitting in a classroom, surrounded by my fellow eighth graders
I remember taking out my journal
I remember being allowed to pass the journal to my friends
and having constant notes going back and forth in them
I remember planning for the eighth grade dance
I remember when my best friend told me she was moving to Texas
I remember being heartbroken and angru
even though we would have gone to separate high schools anyway
I remember planning her goodbye party in our English journals
I remember filling that notebook with the hopes and dreams of 5 eighth grade girls
I love looking back through that notebook
Twelve years later.