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A Poem

By Miss E:

Where I'm From

I am from penguins come from the sea,
black and white featherly birds
I am friendship rocks found on the beach
I am the waves from the ocean
reckless and wild
I am tide pools
filled with mysteries and treasure no knowing what you can find within

I am Mrs. Gaines
mysterious and not knowing what i will do next
I'm put your cat down
I am from the cat bed
lying next to me while i do my homework
I am from cats
that come from the wild

This was a class assignment to write a poem in the same style as a poem by the same title where the poet (George Ella Lyon) lists various things from her childhood memories http://www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html.
She was stumped at first, but I helped her tap into herself, using the books she's written and the earlier ones my sister created for her from her summer adventures. This intensely personal poem was the result. Go kid.



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May. 11th, 2012 11:03 am (UTC)
I thought you would agree with me that it's something special. (Could have argued cadence with her a bit longer, but it's ultimately her poem, not mine.) It was an interesting pull-together of images.
May. 11th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
Go, Miss E! A poem is a lovely thing to bring into the world.
May. 11th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
I'll pass that along to her!
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May. 13th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
she wanted to change "featherly" when she realized it was the wrong spelling, but I encouraged her to keep it, told her it's ok to make up words in poetry. It was so neat, as her "writing mentor" (and all-round homework mentor) to be able to provide her with materials that inspired her.
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