Thursday, October 30, 2008

Two weeks ago at the FIU Writers Conference, I saw poet Denise Duhamel read. I was inspired to share her work with the kids, especially the poem, "Mille et un sentiments," in which she begins each of the 1,001 lines with "I feel."




1. I feel a cute whistling butterfly all over me.
2. I feel as if I'm being watched.
3. I feel all of the houses I've lived in are haunted.
4. I feel waves crashing through my head.
5. I feel I'm a flower being picked.
6. I feel that when I'm nervous my heart just keeps pumping.
7. I feel that I am a running nose.
8. I feel not wanted.
9. I feel like a guitar.
10. I feel like a watch ticking.
11. I feel like a cat's sandy tongue.
12. I feel like myself.


Ashlynn, 2nd





I feel as though something is getting me excited.
I feel as though it is Halloween.
I feel like getting on the computer.
I feel like fighting Teretha.
I feel like fighting everyone.
I feel like cheering.
I feel I want to be a cheerleader.
I feel like going to REC.
I feel like watching my baby cousins. They are cute and chubby.



Isis, 4th


I Feel

1. I feel like I'm sick.
2. I feel like I'm hot and fixing to throw up.
3. I feel like I'm hot and fixing to take a cold shower.
4. I feel like having space.
5. I feel like playing football.
6. I feel like eating ice.
7. I feel like praying to everyone even Jesus.
8. I feel like sleeping.
9. I feel like fighting when I get better.
10. I feel like going in a warm hotel pool.
11. I feel like going in a hot tub.
12. I feel like going to the rest room.
13. I feel like going to Golden Corral.
14. I feel like eating ice cream.
15. I feel Janeshia is doing funny thing like hitting Teretha with a pencil.
16. I feel like it need to snow.
17. I feel like it need to be windy outside.
18. I feel like stretching.
19. I feel like screaming.
20. I feel like going home.
21. I feel like standing.
22. I feel like doing poetry.
23. I feel like drawing.

Da' Miah, 4th


I feel like falling asleep right now.
I feel as though a tornado or hurricane is approaching.
I feel like eating tons of food.
I feel as though the weather will stay the same.
I feel like the coldness has just started and will never end.
I feel as though my cold will never end.
I feel like going home.
I feel as though nobody can hear Miss Kim.

McKenna, 5th

I feel that I was a baby when I was first born.
I feel like a duck when I scream.
I feel like a chicken in a barn.
I feel that I am blind.
I feel a frog peed on me.
I feel love in my heart.
I feel like having supper time.
I feel like getting up and screaming.
I feel like a dog ruff ruff.
I feel like being happy today.
I feel like eating those cookies out there.
I feel that I am frozen solid.
I feel like laughing a lot.
I feel like I am a man right now.
I feel like the love is coming from me.
I feel that Teretha is lucky.
I feel like a cat was smiling at me.
I feel a dog is biting me.

Janeshia, 4th

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