Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I'm a poet and didn't even know it

Last night my younger sister was working on a project for her high school English class. Each student picked a different poet and then had to represent their work in different ways. My sister chose Shel Silverstein, probably one of the most beloved poets of our generation.




I just had too much fun reading through Falling Up and Where the Sidewalk Ends as she worked on her project. Reading these fun, silly poems instantly brought me back to my elementary school days when I can remember our school librarian reading these to use each week.





My freshman year of college I took a Theatre class and for our final we had to do a group "piece of theatre." We were divided into groups and than tasked with picking 2 poems to act out; my group picked Sick and WhatIf by Shel Silverstein. We wore pajamas and recited the poems on stage sitting in sleeping bags. It was by far the best final I ever had, and I still have most of both poems memorized. 



One of the options my sister had for her project was to write her own poem inspired by the poet. Being the good older sister that I am I tried to help out and wrote this one for her. I think you'll understand why she instead decided to just draw her own illustration for one of his poems. 


The Woodpecker 
tap tap tap
tap tap tap
the woodpecker sits in his tree
tap tap tap
tap tap tap
he started working first thing today 
tap tap tap
tap tap tap 
now the stars have come out to play
tap tap tap 
tap tap ta BANG!
the irritated man yells "yippee!"




1 comment:

  1. I used to love reading Where the Sidewalk Ends! My favorite was the one about the peanut butter sandwich!

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