Summer break

I’m taking a break for summer. I’ll start posting again in September. If you’re looking for something to think, read, write, talk about or listen to in English, there is plenty in the archives. Or try the Random Post generator (where it says “Surprise Me”).

For the past couple of years, I’ve posted a poem about summer before taking a break. This year, here’s a long-read from the Guardian about “The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group” — poems from children of refugees. Here’s one:

I don’t remember her
in the summer,
lagoon water sizzling,
the kingfisher leaping,
or even the sweet honey mangoes
they tell me I used to love.

Have a good summer. Learn something new and try to practice your English as often as you can.

Survive or thrive?

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet from the Marshall Islands. She spoke at the opening of the UN Climate Summit in New York, also reciting “Dear Matafele Peinem”, her poem that, according to multiple news stories, brought the audience to tears. Here is a pdf of the poem, which was written for her baby daughter.

She recites the poem in her speech (at about the 2’40” minute mark), but there’s another video of it below.