Sunday, August 7, 2011

Geography 2: A Poem for This Social Studies Teacher


  I will return to teaching social studies in the fall. I love reviewing geography, Washington State history, ancient history, and current events. I was looking for ways today to combine literature and history. I was reminded of this lovely poem.


Geography 2
The land wrote itself before any
came to chart it: continents broke
and reassembled;two masses crashed
and threw a mountain range, a border
waiting for customs posts; glaciers cut
narrow valleys, close and separate,
each shuttered cautiously from its neighbour.
A coast curved itself into a haven
for shipping; a hill kept watch
on the landscape till the fort was built,
A river spread rich gentle living
over these fields; elsewhere, the want
of water made the contours stand out
like starving bones.

And when it was all ready
they came, at last, to be masters
of it all; to take up the lives
mapped out for them.

Sheenagh Pugh

4 comments:

  1. I *really* like the top picture. In your photography, y7ou sure make the most out of living in a rural place with so much natural beauty. What a pleasure to look at your beautiful work.

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  2. That was at Roger's Bar south of Inchelium during the drawdown.

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  3. Anonymous19.2.14

    ggggggggggggggreat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Anonymous19.2.14

      Boring website

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