Poet and novelist Joseph Fasano recently came up with a creative poetry prompt to help kids learn self-expression, but it turned out to be just as inspiring for a 95-year-old woman with dementia! In a sweet message to the author, the elderly woman’s daughter thanked him for coming up with the exercise. She also shared the beautiful poem her mother wrote about her feelings. The elderly woman used the formula to talk about her husband, Peter, who had passed away.
“Dear Mr. Fasano,” read the daughter’s message. “I came across the poetry prompt you designed for little children to express themselves with poetry, and I gave it to my 95-year-old mother, who has been struggling to express herself through dementia.”
Fasano had devised the prompt to encourage second graders, but he also posted it on X for others to enjoy. He shared a number of compositions from the young poets, all of which are very creative and moving!
Here's the prompt I made up for them. We had a blast! pic.twitter.com/4bvpNuZY2p— Joseph Fasano (@Joseph_Fasano_) April 20, 2023
Isn’t it amazing how one poetry prompt could inspire a classroom full of students as well as an elderly dementia patient? It just goes to show that self-expression is important at any age. Just ask this published child author!
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