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Poetry

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Transcript of Poetry

A TEACHER'S LAMENT BY KALLI DAKOS
Imagination
by
Ryan Cedar
A book
Don't tell me you lost your eraser,
And your worksheets and pencils, too,
And your papers are stuck together
With a great big glob of glue.
I'm tired of all your excuses;
They are really a terrible bore.
Besides, I forgot my own work,
At home in my study drawer.
Don't tell me you slaved for hours
On the project that's due today,
And you would have had it finished
If your snake hadn't run away
Poetry
"Poetry is the concentrated expression of ideas and feelings through precise and imaginative words" (Short, et. al, p. 84) that are arranged in a rhythmical pattern
Poetry BOOK FOR GRADES 3-5
Don't tell me the cat ate your math sheet,
And your spelling words went down the drain
And you couldn't decipher your homework
Because it was soaked in the rain.
Pockets by Linda Sue Park
What's in your pockets right now? I hope they're not empty:

Empty pockets, unread books, lunches left on the bus- all a waste.
In mine: One horse chestnut
One gum wrapper.
One dime.
One hamster.
is a magical thing
Hidden treasure inside,
You will find
If that sense of adventure
That lives in your heart

Were set free
With the key in your mind.

Shel Silverstein
The Homework Machine by Shel Silverstein
The Homework Machine,
Oh, the homework machine
most perfect
contraption that's ever been seen
Just put in your homework,
then drop in a dime,
Snap on the switch,
and in ten seconds' time
Your homework comes out,
quick and clean as can be.
Here it is-'nine plus four'?
and the answer is "three'.
9+4=3
Three?
Oh me...
I guess it's not perfect
As I thought it would Be.
Point of view
By Shel Silverstein
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless
Christmas dinner's dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view
Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the view point
Of a chicken or a duck.
Langston Hughes
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen."
Then.
Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed-
I, too, am America.
If I were in charge of the world
by
Judith Viorst
If I were in charge of the world
I'd cancel oatmeal,
Monday mornings, Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.
oatmeal
Monday mornings
allergy
Shots
Sara
Steinberg
If I were in charge of the world
There'd be brighter night lights,
Healthier hamsters, and
Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower.
If I were in charge of the world
You wouldn't have lonely.
You wouldn't have clean.
You wouldn't have bedtimes.
Or "Don't punch your sister."
You wouldn't even have sisters.
Lonely
Clean
Bedtimes
Don't punch your sister.
Sister
If I were in charge of the world
A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable
All 007 movies would be G,
And a person who sometimes forgot to brush,
And sometimes forgot to flush,

Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.
Vegetable
The Blues by Langston Hughes
When the shoe strings break
On both your shoes


And you're in a hurry-
That's the blues.
When you go to buy a candy bar
And you've lost the dime you had-
Slipped through a hole in your pocket somewhere-
That's the blues, too and bad!
Mother to Son
by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,


And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now-
For I'se still goin' honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Bare.
April Rain Song
By Langston Hughes
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.
One picture puzzle piece
Lyin' on the sidewalk,
One picture puzzle piece
Soakin' in the rain.
It might be a button of blue
On the coat of the woman
Who lived in a shoe.
It might be a magical bean,
Or a fold in the red
Velvet robe of a queen.
It might be the one little bite
Of the apple her stepmother
Gave to Snow White.
It might be the veil of a bride
Or a bottle with some evil genie inside.
It might be a small tuft of hair
On the big bouncy belly
Of Bobo the Bear.
It might be a bit of the cloak
Of the Witch of the West
As she melted to smoke.
It might be a shadowy trace
Of a tear that runs down an angel's face.
Nothing has more possibilities
Than one old wet picture puzzle piece.
Picture Puzzle Piece
Summer Sun

By

Robert
Louis
Stevenson
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays
Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.
The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.
Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.
Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.
I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful
The eye of a little god, four -cornered.
Most of the time I mediate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me
Searching my reaches for what she really is,
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
Sylvia Plath
Linda
Sue
Park

October by Linda Sue Park
The wind rearranges the leaves,
as if to say, "Much better there,"
and coaxes others off their trees:
"It's lots more fun in the air."
Then it plays tag with a plastic bag,
and with one gust uncombs my hair!
Day's End By Linda Sue Park
All around, the volume turns down low.
The dark grows gently to fill
each room with peace, and me with sleep.
My mind slips out to play...
...in a world without walls.
Kaleidoscope...Calliope...Collage!
The following presentation contains illustrated poems from these poets:
Judith Voirst
Robert Louis Stevenson
Kalli Dakos
Ryan Cedar
Mirror by Slyvia Plath
References
Park, L. S. (2007). "Pockets." Tap dancing on the roof (Kindle DX version). Retrieved from Amazon.com
Park, L. S. (2007). "October." Tap dancing on the roof (Kindle DX version). Retrieved from Amazon.com
Park, L. S. (2007). "Day's End." Tap dancing on the roof (Kindle DX version). Retrieved from Amazon.com
Dakos, D. (1990). "Teacher's Lament." In If you're not here, please raise your hand (p. 57). New York: Simon & Schuster.
Cedar, R. (2012). "Imagination." Please don't tickle the tiger (Kindle DX version). Retrieved from Amazon.com

Hughes, L. (n.d.). I, too, sing America. Retrieved June 26, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-too/
Hughes, L. (n.d.). The blues. Retrieved June 26, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-blues/
Hughes, L. (n.d.). Mother to son. Retrieved June 26, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/mother-to-son/
Hughes, L. (n.d.). April song rain. Retrieved June 26, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/april-song-rain/
Plath, S. (n.d.). Mirror. Retrieved June 27, 2015 from http://allpoetry.com/poem/8498499-Mirror-by-Sylvia-Plath
Silverstein, S. (n.d.) The homework machine. Retrieved June 28, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-homework-machine/
Silverstein, S. (n.d.) Picture puzzle piece. Retrieved June 28, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/picture-puzzle-piece/
Silverstein, S. (n.d.) Point of view. Retrieved June 28, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/point-of-view/
Stevenson, R. L. (n.d.) Summer sun. Retrieved June 29, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/summer-sun/
Viorst, J. (n.d.) If I were to change the world. Retrieved July 2, 2015 from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/If-I-were-to-change-the-world/
Illustrations and videos
Kalli Dakos biography [photograph]. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.kallidakos.com/about.html
Linda Sue park biography [photograph]. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.lindasuepark.com/bio/biography.html
Ryan Cedar biography [photograph]. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Cedar/e/B00AOH2V2Y
Bio. (2014, February). Mini Bio: Langston Hughes. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inP76rkYUs
Burkett, P. (2013, March). Author presentation: Shel Silverstein. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EybJ4H11lq
BooYaVids. (2013, February). Sylvia Plath biography. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CdNsSas6g
Simon & Schuster. (2010, October). Be inspired by Judith Viorst. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0HkAPf3tK
Titus, S. (2014, December). The biography of Robert Louis Stevenson Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMjDMe4mnm
[Untitled illustration worried teacher]. Retrieved July 3, 2015
from http://mcrel.typepad.com/.a/6a010536aec 25c970b017743941608970d-320wi
[Untitled illustration pocket]. Retrieved July 3, 2015
from http://inspireyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Jeans_pocket_back.jpg
[Untitled illustration horse chestnut]. Retrieved July 3, 2015 from http:/mcrel.typepad.com /.a/6a010536aec 25c970b017743941608970d-320wi
Short, K. S., Tomlinson, C. M., Lynch-Brown, C., & Johnson, H. (2015). Essentials of young adult literature (3rd Ed.). Boston: Pearson
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