And We Could Talk To Water

Welcome back to Fairhaven!

As we begin our twelfth year, we give thanks for the opportunity to provide young people a unique educational environment, a place where freedom meets responsibility.  Sometimes we marvel at the contrast between the light-filled experience of starting the school year at Fairhaven as compared to starting at a traditional school.

In the following poem, Ron Koertge of California captures this contrast.

First Grade

Until then, every forest
had wolves in it, we thought
it would be fun to wear snowshoes
all the time, and we could talk to water.

So who is this woman with the gray
breath calling out names and pointing
to the little desks we will occupy
for the rest of our lives?

Here’s to a marvelous 2009-2010 school year!

Mark McCaig

Fairhaven School staff

(Poem used with the author’s permission. Ron Koertge’s latest book of poems is FEVER (Red Hen Press). He is also the author of numerous children’s books.)