Poetry Friday: The Skin I’m In

July 30th, 2010

Happy Poetry Friday! This week we have a great poem by a student, Crystal Whiteaker, titled “The Skin I’m In” based on Sharon Flake’s book of the same name. Janet Allen uses this poem in a chapter on shared reading in her book On the Same Page: Shared Reading Beyond the Primary Grades. Enjoy!

The Skin I’m In
Every day she’s teased.
With her skin, no one is pleased;
It’s dark as chocolate and
her soul is golden like the sun,
Yet, she’s still an outcast to almost everyone.
She’s constantly pushed around,
but when she screams there is no sound.
She cries secret tears
hoping no one will find her fears.
She puts up with so much day in and day out,
but she never raises her voice to shout.
In the end, she opens her eyes,
To see that their taunts were nothing but lies.
Her lesson was learned and
The bully was burned.
She finally loved the skin
that her body was in.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Irene Latham  |  July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I think “the skin I’m in” is a fabulous jumping off place for all ages. I may write one myself. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one!

  • 2. markayla smith  |  March 25th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    i cryed when i read that poem i read it 5 times a day because i got picked on about the same thing

    i love that poem

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