We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out -- Ray Bradbury
Hummingbird In a whirOf wings heFloats at theFlowers door,Wearing his whiteSilk vest, His glisteningRuby collar:And who couldRefuse a sipOf nectar to Such a Caller? I love this poem. It set’s a perfect image of a hummingbird dancing across the sky. The language in this poem is very rich and describing but also the words flow together as if one giant gust of wind whispered it to the world. I love the outdoors and my Grandma loves hummingbirds. All in all, I love this poem so much. MM
CRAYONSTheir paper Torn, theirSnapped SticksWorn down To grubbyStubs, theyStill shed The colors ofThe rainbow.-Valerie WorthPeacock and Other PoemsYeah, the poem I picked is about crayons, and I love crayons, but that’s not why I chose this poem. I chose the poem because it is giving off the message that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Just because something is old and grubby it is still beautiful, and can still create a masterpiece. I also love the way that the author wrote the poem, and I think that she did a great job really describing the crayon. I can vividly imagine me when I was really little, not wanting to use the stubby crayons, because the pointy one were “better”. But then an older kid would use the old crayons, and make a great picture. Also, the language in this poem is fantastic. If you covered up the title, you would not be able to tell that it was about crayons. The author wrote the poem in a way that really could me, or be about, so many other things than crayons. This is why I like this poem, and this is what it means to me.
NightStars over snow, And in the west a planetSwinging below a star- Look for a lovely thing and you will find it,It is not far- It will never be far.-Sara TeasdaleI think that I connect with this poem because it sounds like something I might write. I think that she uses the same kind of voice that I use in my poems. I like how the poem is so simple but it grabs you and you can’t stop reading it. I think that she used simple words and made them into a poem.SW
FLEASRoaming theseFurry prairie,Daring every stopAnd sink a wellIn the soft pinkSoil, Hoping To draw up a Hasty drop, andDrink, and survive,There’s alwaysThe threat of thoseInexplicable storms,When over the hairyHorizon ragesBYValerie WorthThis poem reminds me of my dogs and cats because they both get fleas in the summer. Why I liked this poem is because it just pops out at me and it flows very well. It has great language and it reminds me of my pets.NG
Tugboat of daybreakThe necklace of the bridgeIs already dimmed for morningBut a tug in a tiraGlides slowly up the river,A jewel of the dawn,Still festooned in light.The river seems to slumberQuiet in it’s bed,As silently as the tugboat,A ghostlike apparition,Moves twinkling up the riverAnd disappears from sight._Lilian MorrisonI like this poem. I like this poem because it gives me a vision of on the lake at 5:00 A.M. Another reason I like this poem is, well, it just has good language. Finally, It reminds me of a foggy morning at my grandparents camp (which sadly, burned down) as the ferry approaches Vermont. This poem reminds me much of those days. The language was so rich. This is why I like it.FC
TanyaBy Marilyn SingerWhile Roddy reads aloud about a wondrous secret gardenin a voice as boring as a blank TV screenI watch Sophie squirm in her seat and suddenly I thinkshe’s like a garden, too a crazy quilt of flowers where tulips fight with roses asters argue with peoniesand a sign swings from “Keep Out” to “Come In” and back again in a flashAll the colors of the worldin Sophie’s clothesin Sophie’s smile so full of yeses and noes stops and goesshe makes me dizzyI don’t know where she was Or where she’ll beShe’s a place so busy I want to visit itif only she’d let me The thing in this poem that resonates with me is the language and reality of it. It totally connects with me and I love its language. I’m exactly like the girl Tanya wrote about except I’m male. I’m busy and conflicting with myself or thinking 24-7 exactly like that girl. I also know some kids like that as well. This poem is reality and that’s why it clicks with me. I haven’t read a more realistic poem that I love like that. WA
Umbrella Slack wingsFolded, it Hangs by aClaw inThe closet,Sleeping,Or moping,Or quietlyHatching A plot To flap outAnd escapeOn a furiousSweep ofThe storm.-Valerie WorthI like this poem because it has an interesting feel to it. I like the layout of the poem. The way it just goes down is interesting. I like the language because it is something you wouldn’t think of. I like the way the poem could be about a bat. I like the way it does that because it is mysterious. I think this poem is a wonderful poem to read. -Eli
Christmas lights by Valerie Worth Bulbs strung alongOur porch roofPour clearColors through theCold black air;But our neighborsHave a spruce, likeA huge shadowFull of deep blueMysterious stars I resonate with Christmas lights because there colorful, sparkly, and florescent. I think there perfect, fragile, and bring cheer. I really enjoy Christmas too. I think it is really nice language, is mellow, and is calm. The poem is also really descriptive. That’s why I like this poem. The rich spot in this poem is when they were explaining the spruce tree.CM
The Lawn MowerThe lawnmowerGrinds its teethOver the grassSpitting out a thick Green spray;It’s head is to fullOf iron and oilTo knowWhat is throwsAway;The lawn’s wholeCrop of choppedSoft,DeliciousGreen hay.Valerie WorthI like this poem because it is about lawn mowing and I do so much of it. I like this poem because it has to do with mowing and I LOVE MOWING! Well I do get stung by a lot of bees. The language used in this poem when it says “it grinds its teeth over the grass spitting out a thick green spray” is true. I like the language because it’s just like mowing but they are over exaggerating a little bit. That’s because it’s a poem. JB
The SeaAn everywhere of silver,With ropes of sandTo keep it from effacingThe track called land -Emily DickensonI really like this poem because it stood out to me as soon as I read it. I like that it’s very short, but it’s still beautiful and says a lot about the sea. When I read it I can imagine the waves rolling over the sand beach. I like poems that give me an image when I’m reading it. In this poem the author uses very rich language and the words flow smoothly. I feel like the author was imagining the sea too and put a lot of thought into what she was writing.HW
Under the hull by James Stevenson Under the hull of the Dorothy B.,Where bluefish swam,Where dolphins rolled,A golden dog lies sleeping in the shade.I like the poem under the Hull because it makes you think that the boat was very beautiful and amazing and now it’s old and forgotten and a stray dog’s home. I like the language in this poem because it all seems very rich with all the details in the poem with only tree sentences. This poem resonates with me just because I like the language and every thing about the poem. I like when they said a golden dog lie sleeping in the shade after they said where the blue fish swam and where the dolphins rolled because it’s so descriptive. So as you can see I really like this poem and it is a very good poem. MW
Ocean by Valerie WorthListen: its nameOcean, heldLike a shellTo the ear,Echoes itsMoan, its rush,Its runTo the shore.This poem really resonates with me, because I just like how Ocean is worded. The language in the poem just seemed to flow beautifully, and that’s why I liked it. The words paired together were made into beautiful lines, The language the author used in the poem was phenomenal. The author did a wonderful job describing the sea, and wrote it so that it seemed like she loved the sea herself.By Audrey
Catfish I cannot purr. I don’t have fur. Or claws or paws. Don’t sleep in drawers. I don’t chase mice. Let that suffice. I am a fish. I have no wish. To be a cat. That’s that. By Douglas Florian. I love this poem because it relates to my life. One day in Bristol I was watching TV and then my cat was under the drawer and then my dad put my brother’s fish in the fish bowl and put the fish in the drawer. Also I think the writer was writing this poem because I think he wanted to tell us a funny story. AC
Ambush I threw a small water balloon. That’s allI hide I tossed I ran My victim knows, and lies in wait with the garden hose By Kristine O’Connell George When I was younger I used to fill up a balloon and put it under the faucet and watch it plump up bigger then a granny smith. Before it explodes I grabbed it and ran to find my victim. As I run water splatters out and it shrinks down to the size of an empire apple. Then I stop to take aim and toss the grenade. Suddenly theirs a splash of water and little green rubber specks flailing threw the air, when all the water and stuff fades away then there is a new puddle on the ground and speckles of mud on my dad’s jeans. Then there is a stream of rainbow mist that shoves me down and when I get up their is a huge smile on my face. I like this poem because it reminds me of my past when I was younger. This is a small way to put a small moment into a poem. KB.
Long TripThe sea is a wilderness of waves,A desert of water.We dip and dive,Rise and roll,Hide and are hiddenOn the sea.Day, Night,Night, Day,The sea is a wilderness of waves,A desert of water.-Langston HughesWhen I read this poem, I automatically loved it. I really liked how the author closed the poem up by repeating the first two lines at the end. I also really liked when Langston Hughes put just one or two words in a line. It really punctuated it. When she said, “Hide and are hidden, I think it really described the feeling of being engulfed by the sea. I almost tasted the distinct spray of salt water on my face, and the rocking of the boat. I t really is amazing what words can do to you.BK
IciclesWhen theyFinally fallAnd litterThe snowWith splintersOf clearRock candy,How sadTo discoverThat ratherThan sugarThey onlyTaste ofThe roofBy Valerie Worth This poem resonates with me because I like to like icicles that are very big and they do have a sugary taste. I like this poem because it describes exactly what they do and tastes like. DB
MM,I also love that poem you posted. I just don't like it as much as I love mine. Still, it does set a perfect image of what was happening. Its also lovely worded.
MM,I also love that poem you posted. Not as much as mine, but in close, close second. You were right in saying that it paints a perfect picture of the scene.WA
At LastDogs go in the back seat, Always in the back seat,Miles in the back seat,Hours in the back seat,But in the parking lots of shopping centers,You’ll see: Dogs get their chanceAt lastTo drive-James Stevenson I resonate with this poem because my dog when we used to bring him to Mimi’s he would try to sit with my parents in the front and he would whine because Derby wouldn’t know where we were going at all but we still wouldn’t let him come up front. I like this poem because it is one true poem. Dogs only sit in the front when their owners go shopping. I think the language in this poem isn’t describing anything but it is saying time periods. I think “Miles in the back seat, Hours in the back seat,” is rich language because it says a certain time or length. This is what I think is rich language. HC
Ice creamMelting itSoftly fillsThe mouthWith somethingLike the veltWord vanilla I love how it is written because the words are so rich. I think all the poems by this author are good but ice cream really caught my eye. The title made me want to read it. When I started to read it, I felt I wanted to read it all over again. TD
The Little Short LegsLittle black dog Down the roadWe calledLittle Short Legs.One dayMy mother late for workWent driving hardDown that dirt road.Ran over Little Short Legs.Never knew a grown-up couldMake such a mistake.Never knew one could make itAnd say it was soAnd feel sorry.But she did.And nothing for me to sayButIt’s all right momIt’s all rightBy Cynthia RylantI like this poem because out of the ten poems I read it stood out to me the most. This poem is about a situation that could really happen in real life. It would be like my dad late for work and running over our neighbor’s dog. He would feel bad the same way the little boy’s mom did. This poem is a really sad poem but it’s written very well. By JF
HC I really like the poem that you choose! because I LOVE dogs, and I like your paragraph to, because you really put character in it. (Derby) does he like car rides? TD