Poetry Friday: Tumbling Thunder

May 21st, 2010

This week’s poem comes from Mark Overmeyer’s recent book, What Student Writing Teaches Us: Formative Assessment in the Writing Workshop. In this chapter on feedback as formative assessment, Mark discusses the use of rubrics in poetry study and uses student examples from a sixth-grade class. Here is Renee’s poem about “Tumbling Thunder:”

Tumbling Thunder
by Renee

thunder can be strong
a warning
a sign
tumbling around all hope

inviting a great flash
of astounding light
it starts a melody of echo
all around

splitting trees
cry out in fear
of the fury that
will soon strike

when the entire world is calm
and all lamenting stops
you will know
that thunder has shuffled on

the thunder’s ramble will
always cease
but the trance
will carry on

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. laurasalas  |  May 21st, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Love this poem, especially

    you will know
    that thunder has shuffled on


  • 2. Laura Evans  |  May 21st, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, Renee, is a poet in the making! Nice poem!

    Laura Evans
    all things poetry

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