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Pop-up Poetry

Whenever we have a spare moment, we’ve been doing “pop-up poetry.” Students pop up like popcorn and recite a favorite poem to the class. Shel Silverstein is a favorite of many kids, but we’ve also had some Langston Hughes (thanks to Sebastian).

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Be merry, my friends, be merry

And some gallows humor selected by Ezra:

‘Be Merry’

Whenever you see the hearse go by
And think to yourself that you're gonna die,
Be merry, my friends, be merry.

They put you in a big white shirt
And cover you over with tons of dirt,
Be merry, my friends, be merry.

They put you in a long-shaped box
And cover you over with tons of rocks,
Be merry, my friends, be merry

The worms crawl out and the worms crawl in,
The ones that crawl in are lean and thin,
The ones that crawl out are fat and stout,
Be merry, my friends, be merry.

Your eyes fall in and your hair falls out
And your brains come tumbling down your snout,
Be merry, my friends, be merry.