POETRY FRIDAY IS BACK!

After a hiatus (due mostly to prep for the Summer Reading Program), I have finally found time to read some of our newer poetry books that have come in!

This Friday I’m looking at River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things edited by Pamela Michael. This book is an anthology of poems by children which have been submitted over the years to River of Words. The idea of this work is for children to speak of their views; to tell their communities and the world what their little slice of the universe looks and feels like to them through poetry, prose, and artwork. I’ve picked the title poem written by Nygil Milligan (age 11) as the selection from this piece.

River of Words

As we have our words, so does the river

Drip, drop

It always has something to say

Trickle, tinkle

A cat can never get its tongue, even as it falls

Whoosh, sploosh

Even in a deep freeze, it will still talk

Creak, crack

Listen child, if you listen hard

You will hear its life story,

From melting

Drip, drop

To flowing

Trickle, tinkle

To diving

Whoosh, sploosh

Then to frozen

Creak, crack

Take a little time to hear what

It has to say

Drip, drop

Trickle, tinkle

Whoosh, sploosh

Creak, crack

Listen to the river as it always

Has something to say.

(Nygil Milligan, age 11)

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