Sunday, April 11, 2010

Charles Waters - I Love Being Me

Charles Waters

I love being me
With zits in many places,
Tripping over everyone,
Trying to eat with braces.

I love being me
With my frizzy auburn hair,
Day-Glo polka-dot wardrobe
That I carry off with flair.

I love being me
With thick ebony glasses,
Saying hello to flowers,
Attending science classes.

I love being me,
How do you feel about you?
Look yourself in the mirror,
Check out that beautiful view.

© 2010 Charles Waters. All rights reserved.

Charles Waters is a poet and actor who, among other credits, gave three years of service to Poetry Alive! - an organization that sends teams of performers/workshop leaders out and about, reaching an estimated 600,000 students nationwide each year. Yep - he's a poetry (and prose and performance) emissary! He also currently holds the coolest job ever - a judge at the American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World. But I digress. Though how could I not?

I find that it's hard for me not to feel good when I read his poetry. There's such positive energy, and, as in the above poem, a direct, honest voice that I think kids will connect with instantly. I'm looking forward to much more from him, hope I'm lucky enough to get to see him perform his own poetry one day, and am very excited to have Charles Waters here today at 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday brought us Dancing Fingers from Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Tomorrow... The Ouija by Kathi Appelt! For more on 30 Poets/30 Days and ways to follow along, please click here.


tanita✿davis said...

Wow. This is a junior high (hah - let's say high school, college, and the rest-of-your-life) affirmation, isn't it? Feeling a lot of affection for this poet just now.


Heidi Mordhorst said...

Hanging out in the Kidlitosphere this month is like going to a big party where you like everyone you meet! I'd love to hear this one "emissaried" out loud.

Thanks, Greg, for inviting me to this party.

Anonymous said...

What a great poem... It's especially a fantastic piece that should be read at every middle school across the country. It transitions nicely to a discussion and the kids writing their own poem. Way to go!!!! Kcerami

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Kelly Polark said...

I love it! I love the rhyme, and the positive spirit of it!

Anonymous said...

i really like this poem!

Donna Marie Merritt said...

Where were you, Mr. Waters, when I was in school?!

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Unknown said...

Nicely done, my friend. Can we expect more poems from you? I hope so.