Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DMC: "Learning to Read" by Tabatha Yeatts


Tromping my way down the line,
Tussling one word at a time—
It was either them or me.

I persevered, muscles flexed,
First one word and then the next,
Speaking them aloud slowly.

They raised the white flag, this batch,
During our word-wrestling match,
As they told their tale to me. 

© 2016 Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.

Jane Yolen has challenged us to write a septercet that features reading or writing this month. What is a septercet?  Click HERE for more details.

Post your poem on our September 2016 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, September 30th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her fabulous new collection of science poetry:


  1. My granddaughter has finally triumphed as you so beautifully described, Tabatha. That winning match, and the tale finally told is a wonderful image. Love the rhythm and rhyme, too!

  2. Moments like you describe deserve to be celebrated! Really nicely done, Tabatha, and I love your rhyme scheme.

  3. Watching the little girl I tutor learn to read showed me how much energy it can take to wrestle the meaning out of words!
    Thanks for hosting, Michelle, and for the prompt, Jane.

  4. It's so easy to forget how hard it was to learn and what an accomplishment!

  5. "word-wrestling match" - pretty much says it all for beginning readers. Fabulous poem, Tabatha! =)

  6. the words you used really capture this learning experience we have all mastered at some point in our live I love your poem

  7. I still remember that struggle. I wanted to cheer at the end.

  8. Beautiful movement in this, Tabatha. I read it aloud several times. Music. :-)

  9. This really takes me back. Well done, Tabatha!

  10. I don't so much remember it for me, but could see this so many, many times as a first grade teacher. It was possibly what I loved most about teaching. The release of the story is always a thrilling moment!

  11. I'm teaching 1st grade for the first time this year and this so perfectly matches one of my girl's efforts.