April is Poetry Month! Also: ravens.

by | Apr 1, 2013 | Henry | 12 comments

Here’s a confession: I love reading (you knew that already), but I’m on the fence about poetry. Sometimes I…well, I don’t know what it’s talking about. I do love rhyming kid poetry, but I feel like I’m supposed to love esoteric non-rhyming poems about fields of wheat also.

I haven’t told my kids about this. I don’t want them to think it’s not cool to love wheat poems. Like I talked about a few months ago on Nerdy Book Club, sometimes I hand them books I think they’ll like and walk away.

It seems to be working. Last week Henry got a bright look in his eye, grabbed a pen, and churned out this thing:

Henry's poem Ravens in the WoodsThis poem I like. I want to hug it, even though it’s not a particularly huggable poem (also: paper is not very cuddly). This poem is the sum total of feeding your 4th grader a steady diet of books that he enjoys.

And yes, it’s bragging, but I’m super proud that he wrote this.

Happy poetry month, everyone!


  1. Joanna

    Brag away, Julie. Henry’s poem is awesome!

  2. Paticus

    I think we have similar opinions on poetry. I have never had much use for it. i can appreciate it, but never really find myself LIKING it. I really dig song lyrics though, so maybe I’m just not that bright.
    This however, is a very cool poem, and hells yeah you should be proud and brag about it.
    Absolutely love that he used o’er. That is awesome.

  3. Julie

    Thanks, Joanna! Also I was jealous that this is what his first drafts look like.

  4. Julie

    But what are song lyrics really, besides rhyming kid poetry? Ok, not all lyrics I guess. But they do rhyme usually.

    And yes, I love that he used o’er too, and also that he wrote about ravens.

  5. LoriO

    That is awesome! I love that he used o’er too. And thank you for saying that about poetry, because I’ve always felt sort of embarrassed that I don’t like it, or get it, or maybe both.

  6. Julie

    I’m really hoping the comments on this blog post turns into a confessional for people who can finally admit they don’t really get poetry.

  7. Sylvie

    That’s fantastic! I love it! I realize that my favorite poems are really stories that are quite understandable…Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Mary Oliver, and Maine’s own Wesley McNair.

  8. susan

    That is an amazing poem by a 4th grader! It’s a wonderful poem! I especially love it in its raw form – handwritten, on paper. It’s terrific!

  9. Telly

    While not the identical imbedded rhyme scheme from Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening,” (a-a-b-a/b-b-c-b..etc) Henry’s a-a-b-a/c-c-d-c, etc…. echoes the master’s poem quite nicely, and his mood is amazingly parallel. An excellent job! 🙂

  10. Nancy Fairweather

    What an awesome song that would make!! Save these. (Knowledge level EXPERT by virtue of the fact that my son writes/sings) 😀 Very good job.

  11. Robyn

    Really excellent pauses in this poem. Big fan of the use of “o’er” o’er and then o’er again. Also: perfect placement for that “And yet”. Well done, Henry!


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