Thursday, April 16, 2009

Betsy Franco - Me and Joe Lining Up After Recess

Me and Joe Lining Up After Recess
by
Betsy Franco

We race
for the front


   bunch up
      and bump,
           wiggle,
                 giggle,
          push,
      pull,
           trip,
                 tease,
                       jab,
                           grab,
                 poke,
           pinch,
   squish,
squeeze.

Then teacher gives the quiet sign.

Says,
"You two go to the end of the line!"

© 2009 Betsy Franco. All rights reserved.
from the upcoming Messing Around on the Monkey Bars, and other school poems for two voices


Betsy Franco writes poetry and picture books, has her first young adult novel coming out this fall, and has also edited collections of teenagers' poems (the most recent of which, Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers just got a great writeup in the New York Times). She shares my love of math and does amazing work combining it with poetry in books like Mathematickles.

And somehow while doing all that she had the time to come hang out and observe the same class I did one recent morning, as she captured perfectly exactly what I saw as the kids lined up! OK, Betsy Franco wasn't really there, but when I read this poem, I couldn't imagine an elementary school student (or teacher!) who wouldn't also smile with recognition... and maybe, without even realizing it, "get" that poetry is pretty darn good stuff, indeed. I'm very much looking forward to the entire Messing Around on the Monkey Bars collection, and I'm incredibly happy to have a sneak peak of it here as part of 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday brought us I Dreamt I Saw a Dinosaur by Mary Ann Hoberman. Tomorrow...

200 Typing Monkeys
Almost Make It


by Emily Dickinson and Jon Scieszka.

Would I make that up? Of course not!

4 comments:

The Book Chook said...

You got it Greg! I'm smiling. Also wondering why I never thought to line my kids up in threes.

boysmomma said...

thank you so much for putting this together - we are having a great time reading the poems every day!!

Anonymous said...

I loved that poem and it is very funny Ivonne!!
I hope that the next poem will be funny TOO!!
Alina

tanita davis said...

Seriously - these were my fifth graders. I love this poem, because try as I might, it was the same ridiculous thing over and over.

I finally started having the line go inside -- or out -- from the middle or the end, randomly.

Gotta keep the wee 'uns on their toes!

Love this.