Poetry Friday: A Found Poem

Teachers often wonder about their true impact on students. We have work samples, observations and assessments that help us gauge a student’s progress. But these can’t really let us know the degree of influence we’ve had on a student. And in many cases we may never know. We’re like mother turtles burying our eggs in the sand, only to swim away and hope for the best.

But then there are moments when the stars align and magic happens. This morning I was working with a 5th grade student whom I’ve worked with to varying degrees since first grade. He’s quiet and shy, but very sweet. He’d rather play soccer than anything else, especially read. He read the first few lines in The Amazing Amazon, by David Meissner, (Reading A-Z) then stopped. Looking up at me, he said, “It’s like a poem.”

I. was. speechless. Recovering quickly, I said, “I agree.” I asked why he thought so. Again, his response blew me away.

“Well, it rhymes and it’s describing. It’s like I can see it.”

As I said, magic. Here is the poem E found.

“There Is a Place”

There is a place where monkeys swing and howl.
There is a place where jaguars leap from tree to tree.
Bananas and pineapples grow for free.
Tiny frogs live in flowers.
Pink-colored dolphins swim in the river.
Storms come often,
and the air is sweet.

By spacebirdy (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Sweet indeed. 

Please be sure to visit Tara Smith at A Teaching Life for the Poetry Friday Roundup.

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10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A Found Poem

  1. What an amazing moment! I’m so happy that you got to be with E on that particular day of his learning journey. What a special, special time. I agree with Margaret. WE are the lucky ones in the sweet air. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Be sure to congratulate E on a poem well-done, and let him know there are those of us who play soccer AND read – and write poetry! Coincidentally, I’m also sharing a South American jungle poem today, and will have a soccer-related poem in Amy LV’s new book that comes out this fall…so please let E know I’m very proud of his efforts, and we soccer-playing poets need to stick together!

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