Almost Forever

When a father goes to Vietnam, the rest of the family has to keep living a life that seems Unknown-1so much the same and yet so different from what it used to be. Told in spare verse from the six-year-old daughter’s perspective, Maria Testa’s Almost Forever shows the worries and honest forgetfulness of a child who is waiting for her father to come home.

Although the narrator is young, older children will identify with the universal themes of family, forced separation and hope. Encourage students to use poetry to express themselves, or to search for a poem that resonates with them.

 

About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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