Put a Poem in Your Pocket…What The Children Did

Bella’s pocket resembles the sun,
Matthew’s pocket is a robot scorpion,
Nevaeh’s pocket reminds me of the 1960’s tie-dyed patterns I knew as a child.

But the poems which the children put in their pockets are even better:

Recess
Suzy banged her elbow,
Samantha skinned her knee,
Jamie tore her sweatshirt.
Inez fell from a tree,
Harry got a bee sting,
and Aaron ran away.
Now you know why schools have
just one recess a day.
The Gnome, The Gnat and The Gnu
I saw an ol’ gnome
Take a gnock at a gnat
who was gnibbling the gnose of his gnu.
I said, “Gnasty gnome,
Gnow stop doing that,
That gnat ain’t done gnothing to you.
He gnodded and gnarled his ol’ head and said,
“Til gnow I gnever gnew
That gnocking a gnat
In the gnoodle like that
was Gnot a gnice thing to do!”
Shel Silverstein
On the Ning Nang Nong
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the cows by Bong!
And the monkeys all say boo!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go ping!
And the trees go jibber jabber joo!
All the mice go clang!
And you just can’ catch ’em when they do!
so it’s Ning Nang Nong!
The cows go bong!
Nong Ning Nong!
The Mice go clang!
What a noisy place to belong is the NING NANG NONG!
by Spike Milligan
School Lunch
Our school lunch is from outer space,
endangering the human race.
The meatballs bounce right off the floor.
The fish cakes could break down the door.
The bread was baked ten years ago.
The burgers look like they will grow.
The chicken has the chicken pox.
The peas are frozen to the box.
The spinach gives your legs gangrene.
The fruit juice tastes like gasoline.
The soup is salty as the sea.
The franks explode like TNT.
The salad bar-don’t dare to try it.
The carrot cake once caused a riot.
The deadly tuna casserole
can bore a hold right through the bowl.
The fries could knock you off your chair.
The corn could make you lose your hair.
The way they cook here is a crime.
But lunch is still my favorite time.
By Douglas Florian
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15 thoughts on “Put a Poem in Your Pocket…What The Children Did”

  1. Hmmm.Now that I sometimes (as little as possible!) eat in a grown-up school cafeteria, things haven't changed all that much, Thanks for my first smile of the day!

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  2. I love this poem project! The pockets shows such creativity and the poems were the best! I loved the “Recess” poem – it was my favorite!! Thanks for sharing, Bellezza!

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  3. Isn't it funny how the students picked poems that were school related (for the most part)? I told them to pick what they wanted, but I guess we stick with what we know. I also loved that silent “g” poem by Silverstein; such a tricky concept to learn those silent “g” and “k” spellings. 🙂

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  4. Cafeterias…we didn't have them in my elementary school as a child, instead the children walked home for lunch. But I think they're better today than they were then. The menu is very health conscious now, containing nothing fried and lots of whole grain. Healthy students are happy students! 😉

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  5. What a delight it is to read this post. I've been reading down through your posts, especially liking getting caught up on your son's activities. I'm so glad you were able to see him graduate. I look forward to reading posts when you share his next step.

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