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“This is Not a Poem”


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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. .

17 shards of brilliance… read them below or add one

Titania Jordan April 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Love this. So much.


alexandra May 1, 2014 at 3:19 am

I loved it. Children are so gifted. They write the truth, so easily. How do we lose that?


Mom101 May 1, 2014 at 7:25 am

Oh thank you Alexandra. You put it perfectly. She is so proud. And I get to be annoyingly proud of her right back.


Wendy May 1, 2014 at 7:51 am

So glad I stopped to read this on a crazy hectic week – totally loved it.


Korinthia Klein May 1, 2014 at 8:10 am

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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Mom101 May 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

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.


Leslie May 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

Brilliant! It’s a perfect mix of defiance and rhythm. Sign her up for the Surrealist art group!


DontBlameTheKids May 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

Wow, you have a brilliant writer on your hands. It’s incredible, on so many levels.
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kim May 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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


Amanda May 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

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.

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Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes May 5, 2014 at 7:06 am

‘This is a glob of words’ might just have made my day.
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Emma May 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Love it. And just to say, full stops belong outside the quotation marks where I’m from.
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Mom101 May 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

You must be a Brit! Also, you say “full stop.”


Nina May 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Brilliant! I wasn’t sure if the argument convincing the teacher to reveal the name could be topped. This just did. I agree—way too adorable not to share :)
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caramama May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

LOVE THIS! As a poetry lover and writer, this blew me away!
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Rohan Bhardwaj August 10, 2014 at 4:44 am


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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