Friday Photo: Balancing Act

He stands on the edge
open wide
to embrace the world
He balances between
to let go
He straddles the vastness
the majestic Sierra
and the confines
of the salty shore
to move forward
“I am strong”
to the Paiutes who came before
they believed him

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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  1. Dear Jennifer,
    This posting seemed so perceptive and observant to me. Within one child, past, present, future entwined. I praise his strength and his self-confidence.


  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I train new fifth-sixth grade Sunday School volunteers at our church. The one thing I tell them repeatedly is that middle schoolers have one foot in childhood and one foot in adulthood. They spend all their energy trying to balance between the two, wanting to let go and yet wanting to hold on.

    This poem captures the balance beautifully — and hopefully!
    LOVE IT.

    1. Karen, this is such a tremendous age. I have spent my career with students from ages 12-15, and have loved watching my own kids move through it as well. That may sound weird to some – tweenage is not always the most pleasant – but to me it is simply fascinating. Thank you.

  3. Love that you write poems. I have long thought about doing it again and wondered if I would be good at it…..It’s so creative and an amazing medium to convey ideas and feelings. Thanks for sharing.

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