Poetry Friday, a linkup which I’m hosting today, is here to kick my blogging butt. This is my first post all month! Can you tell I’ve been busy? My new job is great but also non-stop so when I get home I don’t really want to be on the computer.
It turns out to be a great week for me to host Poetry Friday because in my role as an education reporter, I just attended a youth poetry slam at a local afterschool program. I witnessed some awesomely talented Lancaster city kids laying down rhymes about serious topics like imperfection and imperfection, and silly ones, too, like a poem about drinking too much tea before swimming. The latter one cleverly ended with the line, “Now the pool is just an ‘ool’ because I took a pee.”
Eighth grader Ayleene Martinez won the slam with poems about her generation and dreams.
The slam was part of a spoken word program called “We Rock the Mic” at The Mix at Arbor Place. I had visited one of their classes last week to learn about it and interview some students ahead of the slam. I also wound up sharing a poem of my own with them, and got asked to do it again today. It was scary for me, so I know it took a lot of courage for the kids to do it in front of their own peers.
In honor of those kids, the poem I’m sharing for Poetry Friday is a spoken word piece, “Knock Knock” by Daniel Beaty. I learned about this poem when I read the picture book version of it last November. Bryan Collier won the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award for the book, and I reviewed it for my newspaper last month.
Now it’s your turn! What poem are you sharing with us this week? Click on the frog’s face to add your link.