Penning poetry is an outlet for Emily Norton.
The Bullitt Alternative Center EBD teacher has been writing her thoughts in general since middle school and took a serious turn to poetry about four years ago.
Her most recent poem, Black Swan, has made it to print through Eber & Wein Publishing.
“This is my first poem to be published but I hope there are many more,” Emily said adding she submitted many works that were ultimately rejected.
“But I never gave up,” she said.
Black Swan delves into some of Emily’s personal struggles with mental illness.
“This is why I’m so passionate about working with kids who struggle with similar issues to show them that they can get through those tough times,” Emily affirmed. “Poetry is a way for me to express myself and it’s also has been a way for me to cope.”
Time has passed
But not much has changed
These thoughts have harassed
And made me enraged
They go round and round
And seem to prevail
The thoughts and the sound
I seem to wait
The meds may diminish
The meds may aid
They say I should finish
But I still feel afraid
Nowhere to flee
Nowhere to hide
But to its decree
I just sit back and ride
With little control
I try to go on
Inside this dark hole
I wait for the next black swan
Emily is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator and BAC’s Mental Health Support Coach.
She graduated in May 2019 with a Masters in Special Education and eventually plans to return to school for her PhD in Behavior Analysis.
Emily enjoys writing, reading and the occasional binge on Netflix. She also has a lab named Maggie.