Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The "I Give You" Poem



Here's a poem called "I Give You an Orange" which was written by a former student:

Not a kiss or a hug.

I give you an orange.
It is a love wrapped in dimpled skin,
it promises life
like the crying of an infant.

Here.
It will sting your cracked lips
Like a stranger.
It will make your face
pucker in shock.

I am trying to be honest.

Not a teddy or a chocolate.

I give you an orange.
Its lingering taste will conquer your mouth,
loyal and strong
as we are ,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its orange wedges take the shape of a heart,
if you like.
Lingering.
Its scent will cling to your lips,
cling to your hand.

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Isn't that a beautiful poem?

You all are going to take the same basic format that this student used and apply it to an item or object that relates to your theme. The purpose of this poem is to take a seemingly insignificant object and offer it as a representation of something much bigger.

Of course, l'll be here if you have questions or need help!

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