Poetry Friday: Inspired by Song of Myself

November 13th, 2009

Kimberly Hill Campbell’s recent book Less Is More: Teaching Literature with Short Texts Grades 6-12, shows how short texts engage a wide range of middle and high school students. She shares her discovery of the power of short texts to support her students’ skills as readers, writers, and students of literature.

In the section on poetry, Kimberly shares her classroom strategies for helping students discover that poetry is something to be read and enjoyed in and out of school.

This week’s poem comes from one of her students, Trish, who used Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself as inspiration for her own poetry:

Song of Myself
(Inspired by Walt Whitman)

I run and become one with my soul
I run and kisk at my ease
Observing your every move.

My moves, every structure
Of my skills, form’d from
this turf, this atmosphere…

I, now, 16 years of age begin,
Hoping to play until I can
No more.

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