Poetry Friday: The Whale

May 1st, 2009

“As in all other studies, before we can write poetry well, we must first read, study, and name what we notice about the poems we are reading each day,” writes Ann Marie Corgill in her book, Of Primary Importance: What’s Essential in Teaching Young Writers. One of the poems Ann Marie uses to help children notice that “sometimes poets put on a writing mask to pretend that they are another person, place, or thing,” is The Whale by Douglas Florian.

The Whale
Douglas Florian

Big as a street —
With fins, not feet —
I’m full of blubber,
With skin like rubber.
When I breathe out,
I spew
A spout.
I swim by the shore
And eat more and more.
I’m very, very hard to ignore.

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