It’s Writing Wednesday so I’m going to share a poem I’ve written. I aim to include it in my poem book, along with 100 more that I wrote while subbing 100 days for LA Unified School District. (Hey, if I’m dealing with crazy middle schoolers I’m going to make it work for me! As I heard someone say, “I aspire to inspire before I expire.”
With that in mind, my goal is to get an agent that needs Shel Silverstein meets Dr. Seuss meets a bit of Judy Blume and all Andrea Frazer.
So, without further adieu, here’s one of my older ones. Next week will be one from this year.
Mom said kids might laugh at me
And even cause a scuffle
If I took this umbrella to school with me
It’s pink (and it has a ruffle)
“Honey,” she said, “You know I don’t care
But since you’re a boy… some kids might stare
So here’s a tip that is tried and true:
Be prepared for an answer that works for you.”
My mom’s pretty sharp so I thought of an answer
‘Bout why boys could wear pink and could sing and be dancers
So when Markus asked, “Dude, why are you carrying THAT?”
I said, “Friend, can’t you see that some girls don’t have hats?
I don’t want their hair-do’s to get wet in the rain
So I’ll walk them to class and they’ll never complain.”
And then while he stood there, kind of biting his lips
I decided to get one more thing in real quick
“My papa says girls like boys who can groove
So if I save their hair then one day you’ll see, Dude,
That I’ll have a date to any dance that I please”
And then something happened that you wouldn’t believe
At school the next day… under those rainy day showers
Marcus brought an umbrella – it was purple… with flowers
Leave a link to one of your writings and comment below. I’d love to learn about you!
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