I am a volunteer writing teacher for sixth grade girls. I have been working with them remotely while traveling.

One of them wrote an essay about what it felt like to be a nobody. As part of my response, I quoted Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”

In her email response, my student wrote, “I really liked those Emily lyrics.”

Me: “They’re actually a poem. Emily Dickinson is a poet, not a musician.”

Student: “No wonder I couldn’t find her Facebook page!”

Yes, I laughed. And cried a bit, too.

Click here to read the poem