So for the last Poetry Friday of Black History Month, I’d like to share a poem from Karen English’s book, Speak To Me (And I Will Listen Between The Lines).
The Reading Boy [Malcolm]This particular poem means even more to me after seeing an article in the Washington Post Magazine about a third-grade teacher who started at a D.C. school, and realized that none of her students could read yet. In my suburban community, we obsess (it seems) about our kids reading the “right books.” It seems even more ridiculous when you look across the river at a community that needs inspiration and resources.
Omar came on Monday
We liked him quick because he can read
As good as the teacher
Tyrell looked at him long and hard
As the river of words flowed out of his mouth
On one breath
The reading boy
Lamont asked to change his seat
To the one by the reading boy
Who sang the words off the page
Teacher asked him a question
And everyone listened
He is the one who reads.
Liz at Tea Cozy is doing the Poetry Friday round-up today. I think I should get bonus points for writing this post this morning instead of, ahem, showering before work. Hey, I didn’t have time to do both, and I’m only at the library four hours today. Don’t judge me.