THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY
April 12, 2016

Friday, February 6, 2009

Poetry Friday

Stressed out? Read this while I raid the candy jar (it's filled with Dove dark chocolates -- an unintentional pun.)

Chocolate
Velvet fruit, exquisite square
I hold up to sniff
between finger and thumb
how you numb me
with your rich attentions!
If I don't eat you quickly,
you'll melt in my palm.
Read the rest of the poem here. If that's not enough to satisfy your craving, pick up Arnold Adoff's Chocolate Dreams: Poems. Great fun for kids & adults with a sweet tooth.
I started a new poetry residency this week, working with fourth graders at Harford Hills Elementary in Parkville, MD. Having a wonderful, but the schedule has me taking off from the bus stop in the morning and returning home 20 minutes before my middle schooler in the afternoon. Barely enough time for a cup of tea and a few of those "exquisite squares" of "velvet fruit."
My students and I were working on food poems today. Sandra Cisneros' "Good Hotdogs" is the model. I've posted the lesson -- on writing with imagery -- recently. But hot dogs aren't my thing. When it comes to coping with stress, there's only one food for me.
There's more delicious poetry at Wild Rose Reader. Elaine is hosting Poetry Friday today.

9 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Oh, this is wonderful! Velvet fruit -- what an apt description!

Cloudscome said...

Don't remember reading this before but I love this:

"Knotted smoke, dark punch
of earth and night and leaf, "

I just happen to be eating Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate squares while reading today's poetry. Heaven!

Author Amok said...

I know it! Didn't think anything could make me love chocolate more, but this poem is so sensory & delicious. Yum.

tanita s. davis said...

Oh, hey -- this is some sensual stuff. If we'd let it, it would liquefy everywhere! Ooh.

jama said...

Oh yes, I'm willing to crumble to ruin anytime. Liquefy me!!

Kelly said...

Oh, I like that! I'll have to check out the Chocolate Dreams book as well.

Author Amok said...

Jane Yolen also has a wonderful chocolate poem. It's in the "Food Fight" anthology edited by Michael J. Rosen (out of print, but worth getting hold of).

Denee Barr Art News and More said...

Yummy poetry!

Anonymous said...

You work at Harford Hills now?
No way!
I used to go there when I was little.
That was a long time ago though.
I hope you like it as much as I did.
I know it's changed a lot.