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
It always has something to say
A cat can never get its tongue, even as it falls
Even in a deep freeze, it will still talk
Listen child, if you listen hard
You will hear its life story,
Then to frozen
Take a little time to hear what
It has to say
Listen to the river as it always
Has something to say.
(Nygil Milligan, age 11)