Friday, March 30, 2012

Celebrating Poetry Friday with a Poetry Month Preview, and a Timely Poem

I've been immersed in poetry this week as I prepare for two days of school visits where I'll be "Celebrating the Pleasures of Poetry." I can't think of a better way to kick off National Poetry Month 2012!

While working on my lesson plans, I found some terrific online poetry resources, including:
Speaking of Kenn Nesbitt, he has several funny poems that are especially timely for this weekend.  I've excerpted the first and last stanza from one of them below. You can read the whole poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

And when you're done here, be sure to visit the My Juicy Little Universe Blog for this week's Poetry Friday roundup.

Now, for that "timely" poem I mentioned:

Good Morning, Dear Students
by Kenn Nesbitt

“Good morning, dear students,” the principal said.
“Please put down your pencils and go back to bed.
Today we will spend the day playing outside,
then take the whole school on a carnival ride. . . .
                      . . . .
. . . “Tomorrow it’s back to the regular grind.
Today, just go crazy. We really don’t mind.
So tear up your homework. We’ll give you an A.
Oh wait. I’m just kidding. It’s April Fools’ Day.”

That's right, April Fools' Day is this weekend. Enjoy!

Happy Poetry Friday, and happy writing!


Linda B said...

I've been wondering what to do about April Fool's Day. What a fun poem that I'll have to share with students. Thanks for all the links. Should be a fun month!

Carmela Martino said...

Glad to help, Linda. FYI: Kenn Nesbitt has another April Fool's poem on his website, too.

April Halprin Wayland said...

Wonderful, Marti! I've updated Jama to tell her that once again I'll be posting original DOG POEMS for each day of Poetry Month here: