Poetry Friday: When I am Full of Silence

June 25th, 2010

Finding the main idea of a poem is an important skill for all students to learn. In Test Talk: Integrating Test Preparation into Reading Workshop, Amy Green and Glennon Doyle Melton use this poem to demonstrate how to go about finding the main idea. What questions do you ask yourself as you read the poem? What do you visualize as you read? What does the poet want you to learn from this poem?

All good questions to ask yourself as you read When I am Full of Silence by Jack Perlutsky.

When I am Full of Silence
Jack Perlutsky

When I am full of silence,
and no one else is near,
the voice I keep inside me
is all I want to hear.
I settle in my secret place,
contented and alone,
and think no other thoughts except
the thoughts that are my own.

When I am full of silence,
I do not want to play,
to run and jump and fuss about,
the way I do all day.
The pictures painted in my mind
are all I need to see
when I am full of silence…
when I am truly me.

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