Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading has all the poetry goodness of the world. This week many in the Poetry Friday Literasphere are celebrating our new Young People’s Poet Laureate, Naomi Shihab Nye.
Today you can read about Naomi Shihab Nye at Deowriter.
I’ve been organizing my writing room and that means finding some long lost treasures from former students.
Well, you can see how long ago this poem is, look at that printing! Lauren was either in 5th or 6th grade.
People fly kites across
Shells wash up on the beach,
the blue and green water makes
get eaten and are never found,
fish jump with the whales
Lauren M, 5th or 6th grade
Land of the Elephants
Upon my bed, I dream of 8,000 pound elephants looking at me,
motioning me to follow them.
We walk for hours.
I rest curled up beside them all
under the starry night.
Wakening from deep sleep, I find myself on an elephant’s back.
We get to the edge of Africa.
everyone is as still as night,
The elephants blow their outstanding trunks;
I listen to its sweetness.
Magically a cloud falls from the heavenly sky.
My elephant puts me on this fluffy cloud
the cloud whips me through the air with ease
I find myself at a golden gate with elephants this land full of animals
they changed my clothes into a white gown
I lay on a bed of clouds looking Dow to my city.
Then I found myself on my bed surrounded by elephants.
Tanisha M, 5th grade
Back during this time, when testing wasn’t a priority and there weren’t blogs for posting student work, I coordinated a monthly First Friday for students to read a page from their stories or poems. We had such great fun.
I am lucky to have had these two wonderful girls who have grown into fabulous adults with careers and families.
Dani at Doing the Work That Matters won a copy of A SUITCASE OF SEAWEED AND MORE. Email me at macrush53 at yahoo dot com so I can get your address.