Can I say that kids are amazing? They are really quite capable of doing more than we give them credit for.
This morning I attended the 2011 Poetry Cafe held by my son’s class. Each of the students worked in a group of 2 to 5 kids to perform an established work and then each student individually read an original work. As in the tradition of Poetry Cafes of the 60s, we snapped in appreciation instead of clapping after each performance. Very cool and hip.
By the way, the poetry created by these kids was really, really good (they are 10 & 11 yrs old!) and they deserved all of the snaps!
The following work is an original poem by Jack. He did not perform this particular work this morning, but it is my favorite from his poetry book (see above) that he has been keeping since 4th Grade (all of the students in his class do this).
by Jack / Sep 22, 2010
My skin is like a ghost, pale and drifting.
My eyes are like the ocean, calm, blue and green.
My eyelashes are thick and ink black like a crow’s feathers.
My smile is like a daisy, it brightens people up.
My heart holds a happiness that burns inside me like a roaring fire.
I live in a steakhouse and eat everything.
I don’t remember doing cool stuff like this when I was in grade school! Do you?
I’m really glad I was able to attend this morning. It was a real treat.
Cool kid, cool picture, cool poem, cool class, COOL MOM!
Thanks! Every time I attend one of my kid’s “things”, I amazed at what they are doing.
Wow, Jack is off to a great start. I miss my girls being that young and visiting their school events. I can see I don’t need to remind you to treasure every moment.
This age is just the best. What a great looking kid and budding poet. Congratulations to mom and son.
Awww…too cute! Congrats to the talented young poet! 🙂
They have lots of talent! And just like you, I don’t remember having so much fun…Maybe we grew up at the wrong time…
I think you should take some of the credit for it, for creating an loving and nurturing environment for him and – well – for the 50% of his genes responsible for that lovely poem!