Great for classroom use! Includes 30 brief poems, classroom activities by Ed Spicer, Notes from the Poet, photos, and more.
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Excerpt from the Tree Bark pair of poems:
Cells carry water and food up and down
Each season of growth leaves a ring as its mark
There’s lovely cool shade in its tall, leafy crown
but stark, creeping shadows once day falls to dark
A Note from the Poet: It’s so easy to write weak, boring verbs. I do it all the time. Then, I go back and try to make them stronger. The word “leaves” used to be “makes,” but I thought “leaves” was a little bit stronger, and I also like the fact that “leaves” can refer to the leaves on a tree. And the verb “falls” was originally “turns,” but I thought “falls” was more vivid.