Poetry Friday: Your World

May 28th, 2010

This week we take a poem from Debbie Miller’s recent book, Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5. Debbie uses the poem Your World by Georgia Douglas Johnson to help 11-year-old Emilio think about and understand bigger ideas. She confers with him to guide him to learn something more about himself as a reader of poetry.

So, what does this poem mean to you? Leave your response in the comments section and we’ll select two commenters at random to receive Debbie’s book.

Your World
by Georgia Douglas Johnson

Your world is as big as you make it.
I know, for I used to abide
in the narrowest nest in a corner.
My wings pressing close to the side.

But I sighted the distant horizon
Where the sky line encircled the sea
And I throbbed with a burning desire
to travel this immensity.

I battered the cordon around me
And cradled my wings on the breeze
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
With rapture, with power, with ease!

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