“This is Not a Poem”

I don’t tend to share a lot of my kids’ school work, besides maybe Thalia’s awesome letter to her teacher on why you should reveal the baby’s name when you’re pregnant which was too fun to keep to myself. (Follow up: The baby is here, he’s named Jack, and I bet more than a few girls are disappointed that she didn’t choose Christophe.) But this week, Thalia had a free writing assignment for homework, and she decided to write a poem, starting by calling it This is Not a Poem.

 

This is not a Poem | © Mom-101 by Thalia

This is not a poem, 
this is a glob of words.
This is not a poem,
if it was it would rhyme.
This is not a poem,
this is a complaint.
This is not a poem,
if it was it would be longer.
This is not a poem
If it were it would be called “This is a poem”.

Try evaluating that on some common core standardized test, Pearson. She’d probably have failed because it didn’t rhyme and the last period was outside the quotation marks.

I must say there’s something both scary and wonderful as a writer, to see something your eight-year-old wrote that you wish you did. .

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19 thoughts on ““This is Not a Poem””

  1. That’s brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing it. Easily the best thing I’ve read this morning.

    Reminds me a little of when I told my kids about the Duchamp drawing of a pipe entitled “This is not a pipe” and explained to the kids and what that does or doesn’t mean. Next drawing my son made me was labeled “This is a drawing of a bird.”
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    1. Ha, Korinthia! I brought out that very painting (well, a photo of it online) and we talked about how creative it was because we see a pipe, but the artist wanted you to see the whole painting.

      Of course it doesn’t look like any pipe they’ve ever seen so that may have threw them, ha.

  2. awesomeness. “there’s something both scary and wonderful as a writer, to see something your eight-year-old wrote that you wish you did.”

  3. You didn’t write it, but you made her with the core of yourself. What a beautiful thing, the way they take what we give and what we expect and turn it all into something so much more amazing than we could have ever imagined.

    Love.
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  4. Hi,

    That is the exceptional writing from an eight year old. She has a great vision, it made me feel good after reading the so called, not poem.

    Coming from a child so small, this piece is an example of excellence and simplicity. Enjoyed a lot.

    Be blessed.

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