At first, I did not know how I would be able to braid together two poems from other students and myself. I did not think that I would be able to find anything that they had in common because each of us is all so different. But as I began reading I realized that even though the poems/letters weren’t identical they had some striking similarities that result in a common idea of what eco-literacy is. However, they also have some differences that make them each unique and give a broader and more in-depth definition of what it means to be eco-literate. The two people’s poems that I chose to braid with mine are Skylla’s and Raylins. Skylla and Raylin both chose to write poems whereas I chose to do a letter. I noticed that their poems and their structure are both very effective in terms of getting their message across. The pauses and short sentences give a dramatic effect that my letter just doesn’t have.
Raylin and I both have similar eco-literacy letters/poems in the sense that ours are both about someone that meant a lot to us and taught us a lot. Raylin wrote about her grandmother and mine was about my dad. Both of these people have clearly had a great influence on us and have taught us all we know about what it means to be eco-literate. We also both mentioned that we do not understand completely the reason just yet. I wrote: “You must know something about this that I don’t” and Raylin mentioned: “Even if I have yet to see”. I think this shows that eco-literacy is something that takes patience and time, and we both understand that we may not be eco-literate yet, but we hope to be one day as a result of the teachings. Our poems are also different because Raylin’s almost has a more spiritual aspect, she mentions “You taught me that I was lovingly created / Just like all I see” whereas my poem is more about earthly actions and does not mention spirituality. I really like how Raylin’s poem has that component. It adds more depth that I do not have.
Skylla’s poem relates to mine in the actions sense. Her poem mentions several things that the person she wrote her poem about can do on a daily basis. She talks about using one jar of waste all year, using your car less, reusing plastic, and local being their hero. All of these are simple things that everyone can do. My poem is also like that as I talk about things that are simplistic and attainable for everyone if they try. I even mentioned that “if we all made the changes that you did the world would probably be a lot better.” Skylla’s poem is different from mine because it talks a little more about the struggles of becoming eco-literacy. She talks about the teacher teaching her struggling to listen. She also goes on to say: “I watch for joy / not for knowledge”. Whereas my poem talks about the struggles that my dad faces but not so much about what I struggle with as a learner. I really enjoy how Skylla’s poem highlights the things I didn’t because I would say that I also have those problems as a learner.
Overall both of these poems really go well together because they have enough in common but they also can add on to each other and create a more refined version of an eco-literate person.