Slice of Life Story Challenge 2020 Day 27

Today, March 27th, 2020, I’m participating in Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life Story Challenge.

In today’s post, I venture beyond my comfort zone. But inspired by fellow slicers like Kevin Hodgson and others who bravely pen their thoughts in verse and post them for the world to read, I share these thoughts as a poem today.


A whirlwind of change
like a net
cast upon fish
we are pulled abruptly
from the world we knew
Not our wish

But as spring sprouts
burst forth
from the once-winter soil
so, too, new learning
the fruits of this toil

Let this not be
a journey
of sorrow
but one of renewal 
and hope
for a better morrow

Author: Lanny Ball

For more than 29 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a former co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting writing teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

12 thoughts on “Slice of Life Story Challenge 2020 Day 27”

  1. As commenters above, I would not think this to be outside of your comfort zone. A beautiful piece that sums up how many of us feel and the perspective I want to try to take.

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  2. Thanks for going outside your comfort zone. Your poem emphasizes the hope that spring brings. Let’s all cast our nets to capture that hope. We may not have wished for this isolation, but we are all learning from it. Thanks for helping me see this today.

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  3. I’ll cling to your words renewal and hope. It’s been a week of new learning for me. I’ve mastered Zoom Grandma Story Time and today I learned how to do conferences on Schoology with my book club. Gratitude for the two tech people and the public librarian who were so patient with my slow learning.


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