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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #27

Free verse or unrhymed poetry

garbage
by Valerie Worth

The stained,
Sour-scented
Bucket tips out
Hammered-gold
Orange rind

Eggshell ivory,
Garnet coffee-
Grounds, pearl
Wand of bared
Chicken bone:

Worked back soon
To still more
Curious jewelry
Of chemical
And molecule.

from All the Small Poems and Fourteen More
(Sunburst Books, 1996)

Introduction
Poetry can provide information, too. Consider this poetic description of the usually unpoetic topic of garbage. It has a strong structure and rhythm, but does not rhyme at the end of each line.

Extension
Identify all the "jewel" words in the poem (e.g., gold, ivory, garnet, pearl). What other "jewelry" can the children imagine out of garbage? If you're creative-- gather cast off "trash" that you can transform into brooches or necklaces with the children.