Monday, June 24, 2019

DMC: "Turn the World on Its Head: A Reverso" by Jesse Anna Bornemann




TURN THE WORLD ON ITS HEAD: A REVERSO

The world might say:

Look, inside,
I know you have ideas, observations, opinions—
Wait your turn.
There’s no reason to
Be impatient.
Grownups have it under control.
You think
You can solve big problems?
Well, guess what:
You’re only a kid.

But here’s MY view:

You’re only a kid?
Well, guess what:
You can solve big problems.
You think
Grownups have it under control?
Be impatient.
There’s no reason to
Wait your turn.
I know you have ideas, observations, opinions.
Look inside.

© 2019 Jesse Anna Bornemann. All rights reserved.



Click HERE to read this month's interview with Karen Boss, Editor at Charlesbridge. Her challenge this month is to write a poem in second person, speaking directly to a kid or kids about something that you think is important for them to know.

Post your poem on our June 2019 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, June 28th. One lucky participant will win a copy of I Am Someone Else: Poems About Pretending, collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Chris Hsu, available online for preorder, and coming to a bookstore near you on July 2, 2019.





11 comments:

  1. Nice! I feel like the last few years have really shown the virtue of youth "being impatient" for change.

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  2. This is brilliant, Jesse! You make that reverso form look easy, plus I'm so ready for the next generation to show us what they've got.

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  3. Fabulous reverso! I love to write them--they are tough but this is perfect. I love the question in the poem. Take a bow.

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  4. Wow. Awesome job with a tough form. I love this poem!

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  5. Reversos never cease to amaze. This one stands out for me because it's so matter of fact about kids' potential to make great change. Every kid, parent, and teacher needs to read this on the first of school!

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  6. This works so well as a reverso--great job!

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  7. Wow! That is terrific! Thanks.

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  8. You all have made my day with your kind words! Thank you! Kudos again to Karen for the excellent prompt.

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  9. Such a challenging form that you conquered in this poem. Awesome!

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  10. This reads so well! I can't wrap my head around writing one; am so impressed with this!

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