Poem - ADHD No More

On Tuesday, 12/14/10 I helped chaperone 60 some odd middle-schoolers for a band concert in Chicago. It was a wonderful experience and the trip went flawlessly.

Far from dawn
Our eyes
Could not see
We gathered our flock
Drawn towards
The looming symphony
The bird rose
In tired anticipation
Of destiny's glory
Disparate and chaotic
The brood did go
Calm the first casualty
The sheep wandered
Herded by their masters
Slowly regaining commonality
To the vision of song
And performance art
They cast their eyes longingly
Yes... it is time
Yes... we will succeed
Yes... we will discover harmony
The notes on the page
Becoming one as they are
Committing themselves purposefully
Regaining control
We proudly watched
The genius of our progeny
Only to be released
As doves on high
Scattering randomly
Returning as children
Learning, rejecting, absorbing
The lessons taught faithfully
To be delivered
With hope and remembrance
Of our day of harmonic solidarity



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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Felt like I was right there as I ready through your poem.


scriber1 5 years ago

And the essence of the journey, the progeny and the surburban Poet himself is found in the line...."yes, we will discover harmony." Indeed, and what a gift to bestow at this time on year, and on a planet so desperately in need of harmony. Thanks SP


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Susan... it was grueling (we had to be at the school at 3:00 AM!) but gratifying...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

scriber,

It was a harmonious trip... the children that I see when I volunteer became mine. Suddenly they weren't a loose rabble; as I got to know them I realized how they were like my own: affectionate, polite, capable of great things and great to be around... They want our guidance and I found that when I had to call down one of the boys (he held up the entire group by running back up to his room for something trivial) in my group... later I noticed he was hanging around me quite a bit and talking to me a lot. It was amazing how he not only responded to my rebuke but then became attached looking for my approval.


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Hopefully everyone enjoyed himself or herself during the remainder of the trip.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Tammy.. it was a great trip and I was just enjoying a slide show of 100+ pictures from the trip. It was a whirlwind and we were under a lot of pressure as adults to keep up with the itinerary and not lose anyone. Looking back you see how we were in a bit of a zone but now I wish I was back there because the memory is so comforting. At the time we were just counting the minutes to the finish line but in fact we were counting the minutes to memories (from a John Mellencamp song of the same name).


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M.A.Triggs 5 years ago from Everything Enigma

Beautiful and lovely imagery, I enjoyed that quite a bit :D.. I have A.D.H.D haha and what a fun of a time you must have had haha. :P Brilliant.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks M.A.

I'm pretty sure I'm ADD but I've not been diagnosed. The funny thing is the kids make fun of each other being ADD and all. They think it's funny. So I was thinking about how interesting it was to see a group of very active kids suddenly coming together and playing nine very intricate songs that required maximum focus under pressure. They all delivered. So they can do it... I'm not sure what that means but it happened...


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medor 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

nice job... i raised an ADD girl who is now 28...

i also taught school... nice job of capturing the moment in time...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@medor - thank you for commenting... I think music is very helpful because it requires maximum concentration and there is very little chance for a wandering mind to have it's way...


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I'm glad there was harmony! Let's get this world in some kind of harmony. God bless!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Micky - I owe you for all your kind remarks today... it was in harmony and they all were one for a brief moment in time...

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