My shoes, my shoes,
My colorful shoes,
Covered in greens
And reds and blues.
They’re a little big
So I can wiggle my toes,
The stripes match almost
All of my clothes.
I can go biking,
Walking and hiking,
I can play basketball,
Run down the hall,
That’s why I like these shoes
Most of all.
Happy poetry month! This is a poem I wrote for my Language Arts class about shoes. We’ve been writing poems all month and it is just delightful!
We have our annual Dream Flags celebration coming up soon, where the whole school gets together to write and speak aloud poetry. It’s been one of my favorite things to do ever since 6th grade when I first learned about it once I started middle school. Too bad, though, this year neither the chorus or the band is performing in it, as the school has decided to focus entirely on poetry, and I can’t blame them for that. I wonder how it’s all going to play out this year. Also, I’ve heard rumours that if it’s too hot, we’re going to do it inside the gym. But, I don’t really think that’s a good idea, because then we won’t be able to see the poems hanging outside in the breeze, like they’re meant to be.
The cat cries at the back screen door
He thinks, What are you playing this sick game for?
I’ve just put the flea stuff all over his skin
Now he wants to go out instead of staying in
He rubs up against my leg,
His big, almond eyes are starting to beg
Oh, please, Oh, please, Won’t you let me out?
I can almost see his lips forming a pout
He meow meow meows in a pleading way
When all he wants to do is run about and play
Then he sits down to come up with an excuse
Probably thinking, This is animal abuse!
Just when I think he’s calmed down a bit
Soon he’s off on another fit
I can barely concentrate with him staring at me
All I can think is What a poor kitty
At last I hear a Ding! and the treatment is done
Now my flealess kitty can finally have some fun
When I went to the Public Library on Monday, I saw one of my fellow Girl Scouts there, Naomi. I said hi to her and I noticed a bag in her hand. I asked her what it was, she said it was for the Summer Reading Game. I had heard about this, but I didn’t look into it because I thought I was too old to do it, being 13. Usually, my library liked to target their programs towards younger kids like 3 to maybe 10-year-olds, people who need to learn how important reading is. But, since Naomi was my age, I went up to the little counter in the kids section and asked the lady there what was going on about it. She handed me a bag with a bookmark and a pamphlet, and then she showed me a piece of postercard with a map on it that looked like this,
Next she handed me a dice that was bigger than my palm and told me to roll it. I got a five so the lady put a stamp on the square five spaces from the start. It said I had to read a poetry book, so I went and picked out the biggest book I could find since I tend to read poetry extremely fast because I enjoy it so much. The book was Moon, Have You Met My Mother? by Karla Kuskin.
There weren’t really any rules or anything, it was pretty self-explanatory. Whenever I go to the library from now until August 10th, I bring my postercard with me and the lady at the counter lets me roll the dice and she stamps my card, I get a book on the right topic and then I’m off. Me, my mother, and my brother who is also participating, decided to have Library Mondays in order to complete the map. I’m so excited about it that I’m going to try to blog about my progress. So, if you’re a little confused, it will get alot clearer soon.
There were two parts to Dream Flags for me: the Night Performance and the Daytime one. I’ll start with the night one.
On April 30th at 6:00, it was rather nice outside, perfect for a band concert. Symphonic Band and the Beginning Chorus were the only groups performing that night. My band played Wind Chimes (UGH!), Cyrstal Moon, The Tempest, and The Rainbow Connection. The Beginning Chorus, that my brother was in, sang Fireflies by Owl City and this really get-stuck-in-your-head-song called Everlasting Melody. Nothing really exciting happened at the night one.
Much, MUCH more on the other hand, though, the Daytime performance on May 1st was not that good…
First off, the two groups performing at this one were the Symphonic Band again and my advanced Chorus, the Soaring Voices. So I had to keep running back and forth between the two and tripping on all of the wires that went to the speakers and microphones because the setlist went band chorus band chorus band chorus like eight times!!. Secondly, we had to perform three separate times: 1st, 2nd, and 6th period, which I admit would be the best times to have it since those are my least favorite classes. Except for the fact it was like 90 degrees all day!!! By the second performance, everyone was sweating like pigs in a bacon factory! I could just feel myself getting a huge sunburn, which thank goodness turned into an awesome tan after the next few days. With all of the heat it made the chorus and the band sound hideous. So hideous that in the third perfomance, band had to cut out two of their songs since nobody was playing them right at all. My chorus sung (sang??) How Can I Keep From Singing, DreamKeeper, and Seasons of… LO-O-O-O-O-OVE!!!!! The best part of the whole, entire performance was seeing Mrs. Woods, Ashton Woods, and this other lady do their annual poetry dream-themed rap thang. Wow it was absolutely spectacular and beautiful. Finally, I got to hear a ton of my buddies who got picked read out their Dream Flags poems. All of them were really good, especially one of the ESE kids’ poems about how when he grows up he’s going to run a barbeque restaurant and help save all of our town!
Since I have Chorus 7th period, right after Dream Flags, I got to help put all of the risers and stands and equipment away. After that, my whole class made a huge line that wrapped around the room twice to get to the water fountain. That was pretty much my Dream Flags Ceremony for this year and boy, I can’t wait for next year!
What I hate about this year’s Dream Flag poems is that my teacher, Mrs. Lee told us that our poems had to be 15 lines long! To me, I think that is very long. But, that might be because I usually just write haikus. You know, they’re only 3 lines long. I did a haiku for last year’s poem in Mrs. Bauer’s class and it got the message across perfectly. Much better than any long, drony, poem that I could have written. I wanted to share my poem for this year with all you people out there, though. Please tell me what you think!
Dreams inspire us
to do things
we never thought we could
A little voice
inside our heads
saying that we should
what we’ve always wanted to
ourselves, open and free
our opinions loud and strong
what we’ve worked for all along
Everything starts with a dream
Wow, I haven’t written a new post in ages! Here’s what’s been happening for the first few days back from Spring Break:
Band: (1st) I’m going to start taking my practice sheets seriously for the last quarter of the school year!…Maybe. (2nd) We got 2 new pieces of music-Looney Tunes aaaaaaaaaand… the RAINBOW CONNECTION!!!!!
Language Arts: We are finally at my favorite part of Mrs. Lee’s class; poetry. I just love reading poems, writing them, everything about them is totally awesome! To kick off the poetry season my class is reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. So far, it’s pretty cool, but, I heard that it gets kinda weird at some point in the story, so, I don’t know about it.
Science: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!!!!! First, my science textbook gets stolen from the classroom over Spring Break and then when I find it today, it turns out that it’s been completely BLACK. SHARPIED. ALL OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not even sure how I’m going to use it for the rest of the year because it’s all on the inside pages. Second, it’s good old fashioned Science Fair time. Yay. (I’ll, at best, get a big fat 50%-of-your-grade D)
Mrs. Galloway’s: We have to do a research project. It has to be at least 4 pages long. It’s pretty boring.
Math: Woo! Our class doesn’t have to use the CFC (Criteria For Credit) format on our Accelerated Math anymore! Now, it’s going to be about 10,000 times faster!
Chorus: We got our dresses…(I’ll tell you tommorrow…)
Geography: Same old, same old. Mr. May’s gotten nicer, again.
I still need to sell these Girl Scout cookies before my mom eats them all. $3.50 a box! Anyone?