John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Poet's Corner: Recess


The new girl stands alone
against the wall
holding her blue sweater
as though it were
a fold of faded sky.
I know how easy
it would be
to make her smile - -
if there were time.
But the bell's about to ring
and my friends
are gathered
waiting at the door.

Eileen Spinelli (b. 1942)

This poem comes from the pages of one of the most respected journals of poetry in the world: Highlights for Children magazine. See, a couple of weeks ago when I was working on a list of animal families for rustydog, I remembered the Highlights comic page featuring the Bear family, but I couldn't remember if Bear was their last name or just, you know, their species. I went to to check, but for some reason the comic isn't offered on the website. (I eventually found a paper copy that answered my question.) But the website did have this poem, which struck me as rather more sophisticated and thoughtful than what I might normally expect to find in Highlights magazine.

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