Poetry and Sidewalks

It’s National Poetry Month! I find myself writing a little bit here and there – nothing really serious. Booked for Review, a subset of my company, IN THE LOOP Program of Success, is hosting a Haiku Challenge. For the entire month of April, each day will feature a Haiku poem. Check it out!

Here’s my Haiku for the season:

Education
A burst of laughter
Tests, books, classrooms, and students
Learning is happening!

One of my favorite authors is Shel Silverstein. His book, Where the Sidewalk Ends, had me captivated in the 4th grade. His books are filled with excellent pieces of work with illustrations to engage readers of all ages. Here’s a poem from that book:

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

This post is pretty short and sweet – like that pint of Gelato I just finished!

Enjoy!

 

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