Just when we think we can't love Harry Potter author, JK Rowling anymore, she goes and does something like this.
It all started when a pretty cool teacher, Kate Clanchy from Oxford, UK, shared the work of one of her students. A fifteen-year-old boy, Louis, wrote a melancholy poem about waiting for his absent father. Clanchy tweeted it.
She captioned the tweet:
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.
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
And then something magical happened, Rowling came across the poem and retweeted, sending it viral.
The poem is part of a series from a workshop for disadvantaged youth. There are others that will be showcased in an upcoming book.
The added attention from Rowling's retweet took the teacher by surprise, but Clanchy and the students seem to be taking it all in stride.
This account got 1800 new followers yesterday which is wonderful but overwhelming. I'm going to make an information thread here, with links etc on reply, because the poems are the main thing. First, we're having a book published in June by @picadorbooks #EnglandPoems pic.twitter.com/mxqmWmrBcM— Kate Clanchy (@KateClanchy1) March 22, 2018
People are loving the new discovery of young writers.
I just discovered your account and the childrens' verses. And my day has been better for it.— Roderick Mallia (@NouveauDandy) March 23, 2018
Can hardly wait to have it in my hands. Brava to you, Kate, and to all your students.— Alice Goodman (@AliceGoodman17) March 22, 2018
My instagram feed is literally the breathtaking poems of your gigantically talented students ❤️— JH Lewis Author (@JenHLewi) March 23, 2018
I admire the work you do Kate, your commitment is palpable, you are trailblazing!— Sarah Corbett (@sarahcorbett70) March 22, 2018
Clanchy hasn't given out the last names of her students to protect their privacy, but she says that Louis is...
Very, very pleased to be so famous! If a bit surprised..."
Louis' poem touched many who could relate.
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
Tell Louies from me it's better to grow up without one than with one who didn't want to be there, oh and it will make him an awesome and cool dad (according to my 17 year old son) when the time comes, I think it's because we begin without a mold we kinda make up dadding as we go.— musicblogger GB 🎸 👨🎤🎼 (@music_bloggers) March 23, 2018
Clanchy wrote about her project for The Guardian.