Today’s poem comes from The Poetry Friday Anthology (Common Core K-5 edition): Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core?(Pomelo, 2013), edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, one of my very favorite anthologies to recommend to teachers because of its extraordinary range of poets/poems and its terrific and easy teaching tips. This poem is by Heidi Bee Roemer. I first became acquainted with Heidi’s work through Lee Bennett Hopkins’ fabulous anthologies. It was exciting to get to meet both Heidi and Lee at the 2009 (I think) SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. Heidi is as fun and funny and inherently nice in person as her poems are on the page.
The Guy in the Closet *
Gangly O’Dangly is frightfully shy.
He’s a rattle-bone, all alone, kind of a guy.
The first time I saw him, I hollered, “By golly!”
He models the bones that are inside my body.
Alas, there’s no brain inside his poor brainium;
Nary a hair grows upon his smooth cranium.
He has two-hundred-six parts, including his tibia.
He hasn’t a tongue, so he can’t tell a fib-ula.
Gangly is thin. His meals weren’t numerous.
You can count Gangly’s ribs. Can you tickle his humerus?
–by Heidi Bee Roemer, all rights reserved
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