Poetry Friday: Books

May 14th, 2010

This week’s poem comes from Natan, a second-grader in Ann Marie Corgill’s classroom. Natan wrote this poem as part of a “poetry writing journey reflection” exercise Ann Marie uses to assess what children’s have learned during poetry study. She writes about poetry study in her recent book, Of Primary Importance: What’s Essential in Teaching Young Writers.

Books
by Natan

When
books are open oh
they talk.
When books
are closed
they’re
silent.
But when they’re open
they’re alive.
Can you please
read me
again?
I’ll bring you
far away.
So open me.
Go anywhere.
On the shore
across the sea.
Go anywhere.
Go in the
middle of an
apple tree.
Go anywhere.
Swing to poetry
you might find
rhymes.
Go anywhere.
Climb to nonfiction.
You’ll find facts.
Go anywhere.
Walk to fiction.
You’ll get ideas.
Go anywhere.
I told you.
Go anywhere.
Go anywhere.
To places you’ve
never heard of.
Go anywhere.
Say yes to books.
Go anywhere.
You’ll find a friend.
So.
Go anywhere.
In books.

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