Thursday, March 26, 2009

Poetry Friday

Currently, I'm reading Locomotion byJacqueline Woodson, my favorite YA author. Locomotion is a story about a young boy, Lonnie who tells his story in a book that's a poem "because poetry's short...Ms. Marcus says write it down before it leaves your brain. "


And sometimes I combed Lili's hair
braids mostly but sometimes a ponytail.
Lili would cry sometimes
the kind of crying where no tears came out.
Big faker.
I wouldn't hurt her head for a million dollars.

Some days
like today and yesterday and probably tomorrow
that's all that's on my mind
Mama and Lili.

Hair and honeysuckle talc powder.

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Mary Lee said...

I really need to get this book to the top of my to-be-read pile...

laurasalas said...

This was a phenomenal book. Loved it. Thanks for sharing this poem and making me remember Lonnie.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I love that book and all of Woodson. The end of that poem is so vibrant - it's puts me right in the room with them.

GirlGriot said...

I so love Jacqueline Woodson. She always pleases me, always impresses me, always amazes me.

Kelly Polark said...

Cute. I have a little girl that cries without tears!

Anonymous said...

I've just added this to my reading list. Thanks!