I always love seeing kids writing poetry. I don’t know if it’s because I see my younger self in them or if it’s because I want to encourage them to engage writing in a genre that is both highly esteemed yet gravely misunderstood.
Either way, I’m happy to show my support by publishing students’ work here whenever I have the opportunity. Today, it’s a poem from a young writer who is OK.
He’s actually a really cool kid, with lots of interests, kind heart, and an inquisitive mind. I say he’s OK because…those are his initials!
This young homeschooled poet has taken a great interest in writing poetry lately, and his folks shared one his poems with me a few days ago. I thought it was so well done for someone so young, that I offered to share it here with the world:
Phoebe flying, perching low,
On a windowsill below.
Milky belly, silver back,
Catching bugs with beak of black.
Partners switch, pumping wings
As it sings,
Sitting on a mossy ledge,
Sipping on the river’s edge.
Back to nest, to feed their young,
A Phoebe’s work is never done,
Make it strong with grass and twig,
Web works best
to form the nest.
– written by O.K., July 2022
Pretty impressive for a 4th-grader, yes? I told him I’m quite partial to phoebe flycatchers, which are quite plentiful around here, so I was extra-excited to share it on my blog. Well done, OK! You and your folks should be proud.
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14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A 4th-grader celebrates a famous flycatcher with a poem”
Hats off to OK for a FAR more than “OK” poem – such a treat to read! Thanks for sharing, Matt. Those phoebes are full of personality, aren’t they, with those “beak(s) of black”? – full of personality like this wonderful poem!
Indeed, a poem that is much more than just “OK!” It appears he has a good understanding of how the revision process, as he was willing to let his dad and the ‘editor’ of this blog adjust the line breaks and enjambment, to make it even better!
Well done OK! What a well-crafted poem – it shows us how the birds behave, what they look like, and even how they sound. I’m impressed! Thanks to you, Matt, and to OK, for sharing this with us today!
Very kind words, Elizabeth. Thank you! And thanks for hosting the roundup today!
A beautiful poem for one of any age! Wow!
Amazingly good, isn’t it??
Wonderful! And, to get some air time on this blog with you makes this poet debut perfect! Well done, both of you.
You are too kind, Linda. Thank you!
Very impressive for a 4th grader (I taught 4th grade for 12 years before moving to the library). I love all of the sounds in this poem– the o’s, the k’s, the e’s. Well done!
Yes, I think there are multiple elements that work very well. I told him and his folks I was quite impressed!
Terrific poem, so glad you shared it Matt—such moving rhythm, thanks OK and Matt for sharing!
Thank you, Michelle!
Wow! That really is a wonderful poem!
Thanks, Ruth – I thought it was pretty incredible!