Wednesday, April 30, 2008


The following is a poem written by a second grade student in my class. Her inspiration - she made it up...but the voice I feel is powerful. I would like to publish this...Teachers, do you have any ideas as how I go about doing this?


I'm sad today
No one wants to play
with me.
Today's just a bad day.
No one will talk to me
No one will come to me
I don't know what's wrong with me?
I didn't do anything wrong did I?
I try to talk to people but they don't talk back to me.
I didn't do anything gross did I?
I don't know what's wrong with me today?
I guess it's just a bad day today.
They're just playing but not
with me.

Thoughts and comments? PLEASE leave a comment if you student was really excited when I told her I was putting it on my blog.


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's really deep for a 2nd grader! Good job, girly!

I have no clue how to publish anything...wish I could help ya there!


Jen Barney said...

What a gift she has.
I would recommend the following:

1. Highlights Magazine is always taking poems.
2. Go on line and goggle Childrens Poetry Contest. There are some pretty good ones.

Please tell her that I am proud of her.

TeacherMom said...

What a powerful poem. I think your student is a real poet and writer. I love when students write their feelings down. I think it helps them to put confusing feelings into words! Please tell her how many people she has reached with her words for me.

Christi Overman said...

You can tell her what a fantastic poem she wrote--it's so hard for people to be honest, even in writing. I always tell my kids they can write to feel better...did this help her feel better? She's very smart to be able to know how she feels AND write it in a poem!

Deanna said...

Oh dear, I can tell the counselor in me is coming out because I didn't even think about what a gifted writer she is.... I was just concerned about her heart. Was it really JUST a bad day.... does this little sweetie have good days, too?!! :)

Praying for you as you prepare for Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a powerful poem! Please tell your student that she moved me to tears-which is what good poetry does.

I hope this young lady has a better day.