- Guy who wants to fund the border wall has privately raised $7 million Thursday 8:41 PM
- Mortal Kombat 11 trailer delights fans with gory fatalities, new characters Thursday 5:46 PM
- What you need to know about the data breach involving 773 email addresses Thursday 5:13 PM
- Senators fear government shutdown may affect FTC investigation of Facebook Thursday 3:43 PM
- Buy beer for a furloughed government worker with this new website Thursday 3:19 PM
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is teaching Congress how to tweet Thursday 2:42 PM
- Congressmen held genetics meeting with Chuck Johnson, despite his past racist claims about genetics Thursday 2:26 PM
- Female bodyguard thriller ‘Close’ is disappointingly un-thrilling Thursday 2:01 PM
- Twitter faces backlash for insensitive ‘triggers’ joke Thursday 1:13 PM
- 10 user-recommended sites for live tarot readings that are almost too good to be true Thursday 12:08 PM
- AsapSCIENCE comes for Jake Paul over Mystery Brand scam Thursday 11:34 AM
- Why ‘I never thought of it like that’ can actually be deeply offensive Thursday 11:26 AM
- Save 40% on the Fire TV Stick 4K when you rent textbooks through Amazon Thursday 11:05 AM
- Netflix reportedly used real disaster footage in ‘Bird Box’ Thursday 10:53 AM
- Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson spotted with 2 congressmen in Capitol Thursday 10:30 AM
Oxford, U.K. teacher Kate Clanchy shared a poem written by her 15-year-old student Louis on Twitter on Friday morning.
“The kids always write the best poems after they’ve stopped listening to me,” she wrote. “For example, I usually tell them to avoid rhyming couplets because they govern the poem and tend to be comic — but this has heavy rhyme, and it’s heartbreaking.”
Louis wrote a heart-wrenching poem about his absent father, called “When I Was A Kid I Waited.”
The kids always write the best poems after they've stopped listening to me. For example, I usually tell them to avoid rhyming couplets, because they govern the poem and tend to be comic – but this has heavy rhyme, and it's heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/dayMTBRUZi
— Kate Clanchy (@KateClanchy1) March 23, 2018
Rowling retweeted the poem to her millions of followers, which helped it go viral. It received more than 1,300 retweets and 6,600 likes along with dozens of comments from strangers who could relate to Louis’ poem.
Heartbreaking. Brilliant bit of prose.
— Simon A.C. Martin (@CopleyHill) March 23, 2018
As someone who was in the same position as Louis, thank you for your amazing words. I'm much older now and life is good & I'm sure Louis' will be too.
— CeeGeeTee (@Cee_GeeTee) March 23, 2018
"Don't force rhyming," as taught by our editors. But this rhymed poem composed by a 15-year old is brilliant. Short but heartfelt!
— Felipe Dimaculangan (@jwfeliped) March 23, 2018
I pray that Louis discovers how his pain can be transformed into something similar to the life of a caterpillar/butterfly. His poem touched my heart deeply. Thank you, @jk_rowling, for liking this! Louis is talented indeed.
— Slow Your Roll (@SlowNSteady77) March 23, 2018
Not only is this well written, but the truth of it probably resonates with many, many children and adults. When those two elements combine, that makes the written word becomes powerful.
— Jaimie (@45Jaimie) March 23, 2018
Very emotional. If I've learnt one thing it's that kids have great ideas! Allow them the freedom to get creative and they usually do.. they're much less worried about breaking rules than us adults!
— Karen Stanley-Author (@KStanleyAuthor) March 23, 2018
Clanchy told Mashable that Louis wrote the poem during a number of workshops he attended for disadvantaged children in his year. She said Louis is “a bit surprised” by the huge response to his work but was happy to learn that he had become famous—even if only for just a day.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.