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Poetry Friday - A Poem Postcard from Silver Star Elementary

May 11, 2017

Tags: </br>Poetry Friday, poetry, student work, Poetry Month, Jone Rush MacCulloch

Happy Poetry Friday!

Today's post is short, but big on color and creativity.

Many of you know that each year for National Poetry Month, our own tireless and terrific Jone Rush MacCulloch, a librarian in Washington State at Silver Star Elementary, puts together a Poem Postcard project. Students write and illustrate poems, which are sent out to lucky recipients (like me!) just for the asking in April.

I'm delighted to share the one I received this year, showcasing the talent of fourth grader L. G.:

                  Amazing American Eel
    I am as stealthy as a jar of cough syrup
                  sleek, slimy, and skinny,
                  I hope you're not hungry,
          because I am served as a delicacy
                  in some parts of the world.
                        Anguilla rostrata.

L. G.
Grade 4

Thanks for sharing, L. G.! ("Stealthy as a jar of cough syrup" - Ha!)
That eel would be safe in our house, since we're vegetarian. But maybe not safe from the big cat....

For more terrific student poetry from Silver Star, click here, and then scroll through April's posts.

For more delightful poetry of all kinds today, swim on over to A Teaching Life, where busy teacher Tara has the Roundup.


  1. May 11, 2017 10:31 PM EDT
    Love the accompanying illustration! Happy Mother's Day!
    - Diane Mayr
  2. May 12, 2017 8:05 AM EDT
    Love the cough syrup analogy. So unexpected. Love the color and sense of worry the poor eel has.
    - Brenda at
  3. May 12, 2017 8:51 AM EDT
    The postcards created and sent are wonderful surprises in our mailboxes! This is something I may never write about, that "sleek, slimy, and skinny" thing, but I loved that L.G. did!
    - Linda Baie
  4. May 12, 2017 9:14 AM EDT
    Hi, Diane - isn't that just grand? Those kids were not afraid of color this year. Happy Mother's Day in your sphere as well - thanks!

    Brenda - I am delighted by all those same things - humor and emotion drawn in just a few lines.

    Hi, Linda - I was actually out of town when mine arrived, and with a crazy schedule didn't immediately see it in the stack. But I couldn't wait to share it (albeit, after the craziness of Poetry Month). Such treasures, aren't they?
    - Robyn Black
  5. May 12, 2017 9:45 AM EDT
    Believe me, it is a compliment when I say, I feel a little ill, now... What a fantastic smorgasboard of description. I am totally getting the picture and super-impressed!

    I shared my postcard on the blog today, too. From Avery in Grade 2. It has a more subtle bouquet...

    Talented kids and fantastic project - not just for what the kids gain, but what WE do, too!
    - KatApel
  6. May 12, 2017 9:46 AM EDT
    I think that eel would be safe in our house (except for the dog who will eat anything). It was such a delight to receive my postcard and to see them show up all across Poetry Friday posts.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  7. May 12, 2017 12:03 PM EDT
    HA! Oh, I love the poem, and that illustration just cracks me up - so wonderful!!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  8. May 12, 2017 1:25 PM EDT
    Ha! I recognize this one from when Jone tweeted it... one of my favorites! The "Hey Frank" is pretty unforgettable.
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  9. May 12, 2017 8:15 PM EDT
    Whenever we didn't want to eat something as kids, it seemed my mother would tell us the food we were shunning was a delicacy in such-and-such part of the world!
    - monica
  10. May 12, 2017 10:58 PM EDT
    When I shared with L your post, she had the biggest smile. Thanks for featuring it.
    - jone
  11. May 13, 2017 6:31 AM EDT
    That cough syrup made me laugh!
    - Mary Lee
  12. May 13, 2017 8:53 AM EDT
    Hi, Kat - Oh, I can't wait to check out your post! (Traveling again over here and a day late and a dollar short, but I'll get around later this weekend.) I agree - we're the recipients of such fresh creativity!

    Kay, it's a big postcard party - worldwide, since Kat is sharing too. Thanks for coming by! I'll go look up your treasure in a little while...

    Hi, Jane - my reaction exactly! :0)

    Michelle, this young poet obviously has a wry and wonderful sense of humor, no? Thanks for popping in.

    Hi, Monica - that is hilarious. I hope you didn't have to eat an eel....

    Jone, please thank L for sharing her work with us! It's brightening a lot of days. I'm happy to have the original right here to enjoy by my computer.

    Howdy, Mary Lee - that got me too. (Cough cough) - :0)
    - Robyn Black
  13. May 13, 2017 9:58 PM EDT
    Stealthy as cough syrup, huh? Now that's a simile I would not have expect(orat)ed!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  14. May 15, 2017 12:24 AM EDT
    Fun poem Robyn, I've always admired eels, now I have one more reason to add to my admiration, this clever poem and art, thanks for sharing!
    - Michelle Kogan
  15. May 15, 2017 11:09 PM EDT
    Matt, you are TOOO much! Ha! ;0)

    Michelle, I have to admire someone who says she admires eels. :0) Thanks for visiting!
    - Robyn Black

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