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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


On Friday, I'll announce how you can win a free copy of Declaration of Interdependence, a poetry collection written by Janet Wong. I have four autographed books to give away that Janet Wong generously donated.

Here is another poem I have written in response to the poems in Janet Wong's collection DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE Poems for an Election Year.

Signing Petitions

At the street fair
I stopped to sign
a petition.

One for more
gun control
in our state.

Another for more
for our schools.

I wanted debate,
I wanted legislators
to hear my position.

I'm glad I live
in a country
where I can sign
a petition.
I can try to change
without sedition.

     One of the stanzas in this poem uses the poetic device of alliteration.  Can you find it?  Sedition is a big word.  Did you guess that it means rebellion, defiance, insurgency?  Have you ever signed a petition at your school?  Have you ever written your own?  Make a list of things you might change at your school, home, community?  Talk to people and ask them what they would like to change.  Now, can you take all these ideas and thoughts and make poetry?


  1. I like your poems... wish I could have gone to the street fair with you... thank Janet Wong for me too... I love you... cloey

  2. Hi Joy,
    I have signed a few petitions in my day but not recently. You and Janet Wong make a great team.