Bonnie Shipman

Rookie - 273 Points (1994 / Portland, OR)

Tribute - Poem by Bonnie Shipman

unexpected teacher,
you taught me a lesson
about myself
—don’t underestimate your smile.
you made me learn
what it means to be friends—
grow nearer.

then, you let me know
what waves the soul can brave—
you showed me so well
that words
aren’t always spoken
—vows can be broken
without a trace of written truce

knowing you
has taught me to know others
including myself

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship, learning, self discovery

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Actually inspired by my first real crush, written while reflecting years later on our initial friendship, the crush period and post-crush friendship. I'm thankful for that experience, as I think this poem demonstrates.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 4, 2015

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