National Poem in your Pocket Day

April 17, 2008 at 11:25 pm 6 comments

They did it! My students really showed up with poems in their pockets!

Ok, so I assigned it for homework. It wasn’t an option. They’re too cool to do anything like that on their own right now. Everything must be forced, like spring paperwhites.

My favorite was this one: it suited the boy who chose it so very perfectly:

GARDENER by Shel Silverstein
We gave you a chance
To water the plants.
We didn’t mean that way–
Now zip up your pants.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mom  |  April 18, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Ahhhhh — fifth graders just before vacation and the last month and a half of school. What could be worse? They will attack middle school in the fall with all the hormones and angst that only a 12 year old can muster, but for this moment bathroom humor still prevails. Peace is all we can wish for their teacher.

    Happy beach time. xxxx A.

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  • 2. Rush and Sarah  |  April 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

    And, thanks to you Jess, it’s National Poetry on my Screen Day. Fun!

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  • 3. Anna  |  April 20, 2008 at 1:54 am

    My favorite poem of all time starting now.

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  • 4. Em  |  May 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    one of my favorites:

    in Just-
    spring when the world is mud-
    luscious the little
    lame balloonman

    whistles far and wee

    and eddieandbill come
    running from marbles and
    piracies and it’s
    spring

    when the world is puddle-wonderful

    the queer
    old balloonman whistles
    far and wee
    and bettyandisbel come dancing

    from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

    it’s
    spring
    and
    the

    goat-footed

    balloonMan whistles
    far
    and
    wee

    e.e. cummings

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  • 5. Em  |  May 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    one more spring poem I could not resist:

    the
    sky
    was
    can dy lu
    minous
    edible
    spry
    pinks shy
    lemons
    greens coo l choc
    olate
    s.

    un der,
    a lo
    co
    mo
    tive s pout
    ing
    vi
    o
    lets

    e.e. cummings

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  • 6. Em  |  May 1, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    ee cummings liked Spring, and I like ee cummings, so here’s one more, but this is the last one I swear:

    Spring is like a perhaps hand
    (which comes carefully
    out of Nowhere)arranging
    a window,into which people look(while
    people stare
    arranging and changing placing
    carefully there a strange
    thing and a known thing here)and

    changing everything carefully

    spring is like a perhaps
    Hand in a window
    (carefully to
    and fro moving New and
    Old things,while
    people stare carefully
    moving a perhaps
    fraction of flower here placing
    an inch of air there)and

    without breaking anything

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