Poetry Friday: “Bad-Byes”

March 11th, 2011

This week I found a great poem in Ralph Fletcher’s recent book, Pyrotechnics on the Page. In the section on inventing expressions, Ralph says that it’s important to “give students permission to alter common expressions or, even better, to create their own.” He uses this example, a poem written by a seventh-grader, where she alters a familiar word in her poem. Enjoy!

Bad-Byes
By Tania

My friend is no longer here.
No more playing at the park.
 Only a hug and a goodbye.

But is it a goodbye
or a bad-bye?

I wonder if I’ll ever see her again.
There are no goodbyes,
only bad-byes.

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