I am fourteen

and my skin is pale

the boy I live to see

every day has a smile

that brightens it

I don’t go to class

what if I don’t graduate

mom has a problem

with the school district.

I am fourteen

and I’ve danced forever

but parties are not my thing

I need an education

to get a job

suppose I don’t graduate

mom has a problem

with the school district.

I am fourteen

and how the battle affects me

its hard to explain

It’s done with my interests

in mind

But mom has a problem

with the school district.


But all they want to do/ is tie the poem to a chair with rope/ and torture a
confession out of it….
From “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins

Hanging Fire by Audre Lorde
I am fourteen
and my skin has betrayed me
the boy I cannot live without
still sucks his thumb
in secret
how come my knees are
always so ashy
what if I die
before the morning comes
and momma’s in the bedroom
with the door closed.

I have to learn how to dance
in time for the next party
my room is too small for me
suppose I die before graduation
they will sing sad melodies
but finally
tell the truth about me
There is nothing I want to do
and too much
that has to be done
and momma’s in the bedroom
with the door closed.

Nobody even stops to think
about my side of it
I should have been on Math Team
my marks were better than his
why do I have to be
the one
wearing braces
I have nothing to wear tomorrow
will I live long enough
to grow up
and momma’s in the bedroom
with the door closed.

Will you please tell me:
Who is speaking in the poem?
The poem is being spoken by a young girl.
How are they speaking to the reader?
The girl is speaking to the reader in first person because, in parts of the poem she says things like “I”.
What do you think this poem is about?
I think this poem is about a young teenage girl and her insecurities. She talks about how people don’t even stop to listen to what its like for her. She speaks about that in there. (What is “that in there?”)
What is the speaker worried about?
She is worried about not being able to dance at the next party, or having new clothes. She is worried about her appearance. (Can you describe this worry in a general way, rather than giving examples?  What do all of the examples together mean?)
What else can you figure out about the state of mind of the writer?
She is very cautious. She worries a lot about what people think of her, and is always trying to change herself. (Change herself for what reason?)
Why does the poet repeat “and momma’s in the bedroom with the door closed?”
I think it means that while everything is going on in her life, she feels that her mother is closing her off, and she has no one to talk to about it. (Give me one word to describe her emotions.)
What do you think you know about the poet after reading this poem? What
specifically in the poem reveals their character/emotions/fears?
Maybe her life growing up wasn’t that great, that she had some hard times. She feared what people thought of her, and wanted to be almost like a perfect person.
Do you ever feel like the writer of this poem?
I feel like her sometimes. When i feel like i need to newest clothes to look good, or i feel like i should have gotten something that i didn’t. (Is a small i the way this pronoun written?  We are not texting in this assignment.)
Where does the poet use language in surprising ways?
I did not see any language used in surprising ways.
Is the poet complaining? Why or why not?
In a way she is complaining, but in a way she isn’t. She talks about how no one listens to her side, and how she should have been on the math team instead of him. That sounds like complaining, but in a way she is just telling her story.
Is there conflict in this poem? Is it internal or external? How do we know?
There is conflict in this poem. Its is internal conflict. She is basically in conflict with herself. Fighting about how she should look, how she should act and be. (Where do these “shoulds” come from?)

What if I was… the size of this plant?

I could sit under this tree and chant a chant..

I could play under this tree and dance a dance…

I could be under this tree and sew some pants…

What if I was… the size of this plant?

I could see the world in a whole new way..

I would fall asleep, just so i could see it in another day……….



Coffee can be bitter

Coffer can be sweet,

It always goes with sugar,

but never with your tea.

Coffee can be dark,

Coffee can be light,

You can use a mix,

and waste less of you time!

F ashionable

A dventurous

V ery cute

O ut going

R espectful

I rrisistable

T alented

E cstatically awesome

G ood singer

I ncredible

R ighteous

L oving

Cat, Dog, Bunny, and Camillian were all ordinary house hold pets.

And all were owned by the same little boy, Tommy.

But one day Tommy’s family decided to go on a family road trip through Arizona.

There wasn’t quite enough room in the car, so all of the animals were put in a big kennel in the back.

Tommy’s dad wasn’t really paying attention when he was loading kennel, and one of the hooks to keep it closed came undone.

The back was so full, that the door wouldn’t close, so they had to tie it shut.

It was still open enough for a person, or lets say an animal to fit through.

And so the trip began! the road was bumpy so with every little jump the car did, more of the hooks on the kennel became undone until all of them were unhooked.

As they were leaving a pit stop, the jolt of the car starting again pushed Cat, Dog, and Bunny agenst the unclosed door, the result, them piling on top one of the other on the dirty ground.

Camillian, who is still left in the kennel, is always the one who doesn’t want to be left out, so he jump out and landed on top of the pile of his friends.

Tommy’s family drove, away not know that their pets were out of the car, and left them in the dust, (literally).

To Be Continued……


everybody!          listen up!

roses are red!!!!!!!!!    violets are blue…

I made this poem just for you. Valentines day

is a happy time. You can have a picnic, or go

to the zoo (animals need to be loved too).

give gifts (preferably chocolate),

go party. Or just be lonely.

Its really up to you.

But remember




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