Fellow teacher, Beth, had the same experience some years ago with her Pre-K class. They have a Peace Pole, and a hawk landed on top. Her children saw the event. We are both very lucky. Beth’s post describes the moment beautifully and poetically.

I didn't have my glasses on....

today at school

we looked up

way up

on top

of the carved art pole

covered in languages

all saying one thing


   a hopeful sign

 the kinder

could not stop watching

this beautiful bird

as it flew up to the tree

and off into the sky. 

we may be losing the ability

to understand animals who are not pets or horses.

we have less contact with them.

we don’t (most of us) tend to know even cows or pigs,

let alone bears or wolverines or red tailed hawks. 

*-marge piercy

*Marge Piercy (1936) is an American poet, novelist, and social activist. Her work includes Woman on the Edge of Time; He, She and It, which won the 1993 Arthur C. Clarke Award; and Gone to Soldiers, a New York Times Best Seller, a sweeping historical novel set during World War II. Piercy’s work…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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37 Responses to hawk.

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    You and Beth “see” the real signs of beauty. What a teaching duo you both make! 💛

  2. Thank you for introducing me to a “new” blog.

  3. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. beth says:

    thanks for triggering this memory and connection Jennie. it happened 2 years ago in October at my school. so interesting how it happened in different states, with different teachers, 2 years apart, with the hawk landing on the peace symbol.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    what an amazing coincidence. and yes, Beth has a way with words.

  6. Don Ostertag says:

    Very nice entry. And what a coincidence!
    Happy Labor Day, Jennie, and a very happy school year.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Don. Yes, what a coincidence; two early childhood teachers, two Peace Poles, two hawks…wow! Beth and I are both shocked. Thanks for your good wishes to the school year.

  7. Such a magical experience.. And Hawks always have a higher message for us.. Wonderful that you both had this same experience and a Peace Pole… very significant.. ❤

  8. Jennie, that’s amazing you both had this happen. Wonderful moments for teacher and class alike.

  9. Wonderful choice to share, Jennie. I love Beth’s poems. Hugs to you both.

  10. That is so cool. Thanks for sharing Beth’s post!

  11. A beautiful poem, and also a great experience. Now, Ritu needs to get the same experience. But i think even Sonu got smaller in shape, it will become too difficult to disguise him as a hawk and put him somewhere. Lol xx Michael

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