Poetry Friday: To the Woman (We Think You’re a Teacher) with the Books on the 2 Train

August 20th, 2010

This week we have a great poem by “some anonymous students” that Teri Lesesne used at the end of her book, Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers. “It speaks volumes to me and to all whose hope it is to connect kids to books,” writes Teri about the poem she received from a librarian in South Carolina. Enjoy!

To the Woman (We Think You’re a Teacher) with the Books on the 2 Train
By some anonymous students

On the platform for the 2 train
you stand with a book in your hand
the pages open
Which is how you enter the train

Sometimes you smile, or frown
Once you even cried
on the train
when you were reading Night
and a man sitting across the aisle
said he cried too, when he read that book
and we thought,
we want to read that book
so we did

And then you were reading all those
basketball books
by Walter Dean Myers
so we read those too
speeding along on the 2 train
one time you saw us reading Slam
and you said
I love that book
and do you think Slam is going to make it in high
We do, we think he’s going to make it

Then you were reading some really hard stuff
Epistemology of the Closet, Postmodern Narrative
and we tried those, but we think you have to have read
the books those authors have read, if you want to read
their books

Our favorite is when you are reading poetry
Picnic, Lightning
and you lean back against the seat
and smile
and keep reading the same page
again and again
we do that now and it’s really nice

Last week you were reading Life of Pi
and we rushed out to buy it
So we could in the lifeboat
adrift in the blue, blue sea
with the boy, the Bengal Tiger, and you

If we don’t see you next year
on the train
Maybe sometime we’ll bump into each other on the
You’ll know us because
we’ll have books in our hands.

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  • 1. Tabatha  |  August 27th, 2010 at 2:17 pm


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