The Hawk and Peace

The last day of school for teachers
before children arrive to start the new year,
a young hawk perched atop our Peace Pole.
He stayed for a long time,
looking at the world and at teachers.
It was a good omen indeed.
Everyone smiled.
Everyone was silent at what they had seen,
absorbing the enormity of the hawk’s message.
A new school year begins.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five 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 was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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93 Responses to The Hawk and Peace

  1. You are famous, Jennie! It has gone around, and now also hawk parents are sending their youngsters to you. 🙂 Really a good omen! I hope you are reserving a place for him in the classroom. Best wishes, Michael

  2. Norah says:

    Love it, Jennie. That’s so awesome, and a great omen for a good year.

  3. CarolCooks2 says:

    How lovely, Jennie such a good omen for the next year 🙂 x

  4. joylennick says:

    Quite a moment! Hope his appearance brings you lots of luck! Cheers. xx

  5. beth says:

    odd world coincidence from afar – we had a red-tailed hawk land on your school’s peace pole last year.

  6. Darlene says:

    This is fascinating. A great year ahead for you and the students.

  7. beetleypete says:

    A lovely example of serendipity, and so lucky that you were able to capture the moment.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. A wise hawk and a suitable capture! Have a great year Jennie.

  9. I’m not surprised at the good omen for your upcoming school year!

  10. Jim Borden says:

    wow – that must have been quite a sight.

    Best of luck to all the students and teachers for a wonderful school year!

  11. Don Ostertag says:

    An omen? I pray it is an omen of peace and not what a hawk usually symbolizes.

  12. First thing that comes to mind is the paraphrase composite of Isaiah 11:6 “The lion shall lie down with the lamb” And further with respect to your interactions with children: “…and a little child will lead them.” Taking a little creative license with this, I know, but Hawks and Doves evoke that sense with me and with the image you’ve posted here. Go forth and teach!

  13. Have a fab new school year!

  14. What a beautiful hawk. An omen for a powerful new year. And I love where he’s perched. That’s a lovely message. I know you’ll have a great school year, Jennie.

  15. I hope and pray that the new years bring peace and tranquility.

  16. normally it would be a Dove,I hope a Hawk is not a negative omen Jennie?

    • Jennie says:

      Wayne, you are the second blogger who relates hawks as a negative, the opposite of a dove. Hawks in our area are a wonder, beautiful birds gently soaring (the opposite of crows). Like an eagle (we have golden eagles), they are a beautiful presence. If an eagle had landed on the Peace Pole, I would have felt the same way. So, I think is is a positive omen.

  17. quiall says:

    That was lovely! We can learn so much from the wildlife we share this world with. A good lesson to learn.

  18. johnrieber says:

    I love this…thank you for sharing!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Wonderful. Last year during our Zoom church meetings a hawk frequently showed up in a couple’s back yard. We were all in awe.

  20. A grand omen for sure, Jennie. It is going to be a good school year.

  21. Carla says:

    Have a great start to the year, Jennie. What a great omen and wonderful poem.

  22. petespringerauthor says:

    Wishing you the best year, but that’s like telling a swimmer to enjoy the water. Schools have already been back in session for about two weeks here.

    If I know my friend Jennie, that hawk has no idea he will become a lesson for children. I know you’ll have the kids learning about hawks in no time.

  23. cindy knoke says:

    I love it! What a wonderful portent for the year.

  24. Nice to see a beautiful hawk perched nicely. What a wonderful omen Jennie.

  25. Peace…perfect peace! A perfectly amazing way to start off the new school year, Jennie! Sending lots of love to all. ❤ xo

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  27. What a great post for it to land on, and great sighting, and visit! I hope it’s a great omen for a fabulous school year.

  28. dgkaye says:

    A beautiful omen Jennie ❤

  29. bosssybabe says:

    Hope you had an amazing first day with your new students! 🙂

  30. Prior... says:

    Great sign for a good year
    Hope your well is going well Jennie

  31. mconley14 says:

    Beautiful!! Good catch

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  33. Thank you for being a teacher! 🕊

  34. LaShelle says:

    This is so beautiful!! What a stunning hawk!!

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