DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE Poems for an Election Year. This is a creative collection of poems to get you thinking about the privileges and responsibilities we have as US citizens.
The first poem in the collection is:
1 / LIBERTY
I pledge acceptance
of the views,
that make us America
To listen, to look,
to think, and to learn
sharing the earth
This poem certainly makes me want to stand up and salute. It takes and re-frames our Pledge of Allegiance, and in so doing refreshes the words so we have to pause and think about our role in making a promise to our country.
But just so you don't get the idea that this is a boring book of history, it isn't, here is Janet Wong's humor that just has to come out through her poetry.
Any kid can relate to:
4 / BILL OF RIGHTS
When the teacher
asked about the Bill of Rights
my friend said:
when you get charged
for Free Speech?
The poems do what good poetry is supposed to do--they give you something to think about and there is a surprise in each one. What fun.
So, if you would like to win one of the copies of DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE Poems for an Election Year, all you have to do is leave me your poem in the comments below. It can be simply a couplet, a quatrain, a haiku or a one sentence prose poem. Just leave a comment and I will take all of the emails, put them in a hat and draw out four names.
I want to thank Janet Wong for this fun week for me. When I first heard the title of the book, I did think, how unexciting for a kid. I never in the world would have thought that I could come up with five poems written in response to the collection. So Janet Wong, you surprised me, Thank you for that.
And just so I can show an example of a haiku, here is my poem for today:
clanks on the metal flagpole
let freedom ring
I'm looking forward to reading your comments. Have fun writing your poem.