This week's story poems come from Natalie, Kaylah, and Aidan. The first poem, "reading" doesn't discuss a specific book, rather, Natalie describes the experience of reading.
sitting down in the blue bean bag
the world around me starts to melt away
to have the sea water spraying my face
or to feel the flames on my toes
the emotions are overpowering
and I have no sense of memory
of the world I am leaving behind
you get to know the characters one by one
until you know them all by heart
there is devastation, love, and happiness
the book grabs you
by the hand never wanting to let go
but at one point in time
you have to break the grasp
it may leave behind a bruise
you will cherish the memories
always and forever
My favorite part of this poem is the idea that the book "may leave behind a bruise." I understand the idea that it can hurt to have a book end, or that a story could leave scar. Powerful things, these books.
The next poem, by Kaylah, describes a book that she doesn't like but cannot put down.
Ten Little Indians....what?
I hate it....
I hate how she
names a billion people
with names like
Does she expect me to remember all those names,
how they got to Indian Island,
What their letter said
how you already know
everyone who's dead
And how you already know
how they'll die.
The nursery rhyme
tells it all
call it dull
for that word surely fits
But yet, here I am
still reading this so called
and hating every part.
Ironically, I want to read the book Kaylah writes about. This is kind of how I felt while reading The Hunger Games series. Did I enjoy reading these books? No. Are they important books? I think so. But they were very difficult to read.
I also love the way this poem reads. I think Kaylah was able to create a voice that sounds quite frustrated and passionate.
The last poem comes from Aidan. He writes about a character named George.
Comparison: Bark George
Like in Bark George the mom says,
"Bark George" and he says, "Meow.'"
For me my mom says, "Go do the dishes."
I go play the Wii.
Then his mom says, "No, dogs go 'woof.'
Now bark George."
He says, "Oink."
My mom says, "No, go do the dishes."
I go play on the computer.
Then George's mom says,
"No, bark George." He says, "Moo."
Then my mom says, "No go do the dishes."
I go build my awesome lego set.
Then George's mom says, "No bark George."
He says, "Woof!" and his mom is happy.
Then my mom says, "Go do the dishes."
I go do them and she is happy.
I love how Aidan related this story to his life. I think perhaps his mother does, too.