spiders where skin should be: poetry for children
i have a little trunk.
it has a latch.
the latch keeps the things inside safe.
i just fed them their breakfast.
do you want to see?
there’s a house at the end of my street.
an old lady with long white hair lives there.
she’s in a wheelchair and can’t go outside.
she’s mean and never gives out halloween candy.
once there was a fire and firemen had to come and save her.
the people there now give out whole chocolate bars!
there’s a boy in my class.
he’s always snapping rubber bands.
once he hit my friend in the eye and she missed a week of school.
i was really sad and cried all the time.
when she was better we had a sleepover.
she has to wear a black thing on her eye.
in the morning we had cereal.
i’m not sure, but i think the boy’s family makes the milk.
i know an old tree.
no one can see it but me.
it helps me.
i get lots of gold stars and sunshine stickers.
i stick them up all over the inside.
i love the baby geese near my house.
they’re so cute and fuzzy.
once a boy i was playing with threw a rock and made a big splash.
they were just swimming because it was so hot.
i know where he hides.
we have an old one in our basement.
why are you sitting in your dumb car?
it’s so pretty here and it’s been so rainy.
i have the perfect little place up here.
they made it just for me.
i can see you.
i was in the basement once and heard a metal scratching sound.
there was a poor bird stuck in the furnace pipe.
that’s not a very nice place for a bird.
his wing was bleeding.
i put a towel down for him.
he hopped out and flew off but he hit the wall.
he was probably really scared and i think his wing hurt.
i made a special box with air holes.
he was so light, like holding nothing.
i wanted him to get better, but he didn’t.
i was so sad because it wasn’t his fault.
i loved him so much that i started to draw him.
my markers are almost dry I draw him so much.
he flies all around my room.
he’s a northern flicker, i checked.
he has a red hat and a mustache.
one day, i’m going to help the flickers and all the other animals, too.
it’ll be so much better for them.