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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #28

A poem written by a child

Listen
by Rene Salazar

Listen to the teacher
when she's not talking.
Listen to the radio
when it's not on.
Listen to a river
when it's not flowing.
Listen to yourself
when you're not listening.

from Salting the Ocean:
100 Poems by Young Poets
selected by Naomi Shihab Nye (2000).

Introduction
Try reading this poem "Listen" out loud with two groups, alternating the lines.

Extension
What do the children think about seeing published poems by other children? Encourage the children to talk about their responses to these poems and to share where they get their own ideas for writing.