What do you believe? I used to give my high school students an assignment to write about their core beliefs. I provided them with a poem pattern which I got from the movie Bull Durham where the main character played by Kevin Costner explains the credo for his life. The work my students produced was as thought provoking and inspiring as it was unique. Here are just four of the many great poems I received each year I gave this assignment. I haven’t used the students’ names to protect their privacy.
I believe in the love of life
The music that shakes my bones
The laughter that throws all cares away
The art of a story
The “second chance” rule
Love as an emotion, unity and forgiveness.
But the idea of war acting as a problem solver doesn’t prove whose right. It only proves whose left.
I believe in what goes around comes around
I believe in fantasy as my reality
I believe in plaid pants
Mismatched socks, groovy tights and acid washed jeans.
And I believe in saying how I feel about something no matter the crowd,
No matter the crowd
I believe in the importance of education
The smell of an old book
The sound of children playing
The evil in all of us
The good in all of us
Struggle, climax, resolution
But the belief that some people aren’t as good as others is just plain stupid
I believe in ethnic and religious diversity
I believe in equality
I believe in tolerance
Religious rights, racial rights, gay rights
And I believe in humanity.
We are sometimes blind, arrogant and cruel but we will come through for the greater good of all before the end.
I believe in the importance of teamwork
The ability to play together
The mental discipline to win
The patience to practice
The effectiveness of hard work
My baseball bat, my glove, my helmet
But the idea that it takes a whole team to win is sometimes a frustrating thing to accept
I believe in beating the opposition
I believe in my coach
I believe in my fellow players
Confident but not cocky, keeping my head up, winning gold
And I believe in myself. I need to set a good example both on and off the field.
I believe in the strength of fear
The way time passes slowly
The idea that people want to be loved
The courage it takes not to wait
That poetry is not just for lovers
Selflessness, spirit and privacy
But I don’t believe in the possibility of not caring about others, especially once you know them
I believe we were not meant to be alone
I believe that it’s okay for boys to cry sometimes
I believe that everyone has a dirty little secret
Sharing with friends, helping enemies, and loving God.
And I believe that even when we think tomorrow may never come there is always hope for the future.
What would your I believe poem look like?
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