Yesterday I shared the Michigan report, about last week's school visits in Grand Rapid's Michigan. Today I want to introduce you to a special student I met at Wealthy Elementary -- Skyler T.
Skyler presented Charles and I with hand-written copies of her poem "If I Were the President."
|Skyler T. and me
It takes so much bravery to write something in the first place, but to SHARE it? With an author visiting your school? THAT takes moxie! Go, Skyler! I'm grateful to have permission to share her work with all of you. Thank you, Skyler and Principal Carlye Allen and Skyler's mom. :)
No matter how you feel about our current president -- or any of our former presidents -- haven't we all imagined at least once, what WE would do if WE were the president? Here's Skyler's poem, just in time for President's Day. Enjoy!
If I were the president
By Skyler T
If I were the president I would be so happy,
And when I travel to the white house guess what I would do,
I'd take a swim at the pool,
Then would take a shot at the bowling ally,
Next I would grow a tree of 100 dollar bills,
After that I would build a fountain for people to throw coins in,
and after dark I would colect all of that money,
Then I would have a sleep over with all of my friends,
we would jump on my bed,
untill we were dead!
Isn't that joy-filled and imaginative?! And, as it happens with poetry, Skyler's poem inspired me to write a poem:
Jumping on the Bed at the White House
- for Skyler T.
As my arms fly up
and my sister squeals,
I imagine the jumpers
wiggly Tad Lincoln
and FDR's terrier Fala;
the Bush twins,
and the Obama girls.
As we leap
and laugh and twirl,
it's as if there is
no war –
no sadness, no death.
Just me and my sister
in a soft-sheeted world.
- Irene Latham