Friday, August 28, 2009

First Grade: A Poem by Ron Koertge

I’m sorry that I’ve been AWOL (Absent Without Literature) so many Poetry Fridays this summer. And I’m a little late in posting today because I had an acupuncture appointment this morning. I've had an extremely busy summer. Anyway…I thought that the following poem by Ron Koertge would be a most appropriate one to post today—just as children are heading back to school.

First Grade
by Ron Koertge

Until then, every forest
had wolves in it, we thought
it would be fun to wear snowshoes
all the time, and we could talk to water.

You can read the rest of the poem here.

Over at Wild Rose Reader, I have a review of J. Patrick Lewis’s new poetry collection, Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Each Day of the School Year. It’s a great book to have on hand in an elementary or middle grade classroom.

At Political Verses, I have a poem that I wrote for Tricia’s Poetry Stretch this week: A Going Back to Parocial School Poem--Circa 1956—which I also posted at Wild Rose Reader this week.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Book Aunt this week.


Andromeda Jazmon said...

Oh man that is a scary poem! I hope to God I don't become that woman with the grey breath...

Elaine Magliaro said...


I doubt very much that you could ever be a woman like that! I know that the elementary school experiences the students at the school where I taught for more than thirty years were much brighter and more joyful than the ones I had when I attended parochial school in the 1950s.