Poetry Friday: Backyard

August 6th, 2010

Happy Friday everyone! This week I picked a poem from Andie Cunningham and Ruth Shagoury’s book Starting with Comprehension: Reading Strategies for the Youngest Learners. The poem is Backyard by Mary Oliver and Andie and Ruth use it in the book to teach students to dig deeper in their understanding. Also, it describes my backyard perfectly at this time of the year.

Mary Oliver

I had no time to haul all
the dead stuff so it hung, limp
or dry, wherever the wind swung it

over or down or across. All summer
it stayed that way, untrimmed, and
thickened. The paths grew
damp and uncomfortable and mossy until
nobody could get through but a mouse or a
shadow. Blackberries, ferns, leaves, litter
totally without direction management
supervision. The birds loved it.

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  • 1. Laura Shovan  |  August 6th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I love that last line. Those four simple, one-syllable words are so abrupt and true!

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