Introduction: This poem is about Jane, a long-term friend who is no longer in my life due a "falling out." Ask
students if they have ever grown apart from someone who was important to them.
Once giggling, clowning,
a parrot green hat
with sequins and veil.
Once singing, marching,
a pied piper dance
with princes and princesses.
Once sharing, listening,
a stereo hearing aid
tuned to my heart.
Now, dreaming, scheming
turning torn pages
(Poem by Barbara Katz; written 7/31/04)
Extension: a) Invite students to draw illustrations of Jane from the images in the poem. b) Read other stories and poems
about friends who go through hard times.
Introduction: This is a silly poem inspired by reading Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.
You'll ever see.
He swung to the left,
He sung to the right,
And then he swing
Way out of sight.
(Poem by Barbara Katz; written 6/04)
Extension: Share "silly poems" by Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Douglas Florian. Afterwards, invite
students to write a silly poem.