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‘You Begin’ by Margaret Atwood
You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
that is a fish,
blue and flat on the paper,
almost the shape of an eye.
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon,
whichever you like. This is yellow.
Outside the window is the rain,
green because it is summer,
and beyond that the trees
and then the world,
which is round and has only
the colors of these nine crayons.
This is the world, which is fuller
and more difficult to learn than I have said.
You are right to smudge it that way
with the red and then
the orange: the world burns.
Once you have learned these words
you will learn that there are more
words than you can ever learn.
The word hand floats above your hand
like a small cloud over a lake.
The word hand anchors
your hand to this table,
your hand is a warm stone
I hold between two words.
This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world, which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.
Category Archives: Randomish Newbieness
From a recent TP class…grammar: if only/I should have/I regret (not) ___ etc…in which learners ultimately imagined the deathbed regrets of famous people… My favorite: “I should have done my work more violently” 🙂
…and by popular, I mean it has a ‘retweet’ + ‘favorite’ sum of above 5! That never happens! ;P
Can’t embed the video here, but here’s the linky: http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/0054-schwa.html And a screenshot:
Doing a CELTA and diving into the world of ESL/EFL teaching abroad (or at home) is quite an adventure. It’s impossible to know just what’s in store until it arrives – and that’s a great part of the appeal. Very … Continue reading
Of the 600+ tweets I’ve tweeted this one is my favorite. By a long shot.
Readers of my blog may wonder what’s going on in the realm of the central topic/animus of this blog, the CELTA course. I’ve been posting these #ELTontheMTA things and such. What of the ‘newbie’s diary’? Well, it’s actually on the … Continue reading
#ELTontheMTA Wow. They snagged a pretty impressive tele number there. Imposing. This might be a nice speaking prompt… You’re calling “1-800-English” – what is it? who answers? what do you ask? Ss can create “info hotlines” for anything. 1-800-MoroccanFood, 1-800-DATING, … Continue reading
“Springcait” (http://iamlearningteaching.wordpress.com/) expressed wanting to read more about teaching abroad in a comment below, so I’m motivated to do a post about it. But I’m left thinking about what I might write about teaching in ‘The Land of Smiles’ that hasn’t … Continue reading