Anything Goes

9 May

This week’s Unbound selection is something of a threat—a reminder to look out and what-if! It’s a cautionary tale that taps you on the shoulder. It shouts in your ear, “Anything can happen!” And it announces to all of us that everything we know just might come unraveled. (But no big deal. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch?) Congratulations to the entire group of Badgerdog writers at Brooke Elementary School who worked together to create this poem. After experiencing how fun it is to read, we can only imagine how fun it was to make.

Be Ready to Be Destroyed!

—a collaborative poem

Go for it!––you never know what will happen next:
a tree could sudden into speech, a street could turn
to ice, a street could go on fire and chase everyone
who walks until they fly. Then an earthquake could
begin. Then even turtles could run faster than light-
ning; this, too, is a kind of flying. Then I saw a cow
on top of the White House, then I saw a chicken fall
from the top of the hospital, then I saw cats and dogs
raining, then I saw clouds on top of rainbows. And
everyday the sun is eclipsed by pigs doing the limbo
and horses doing the mamba. Then flying squirrels
will zoom past your head or a volcano might explode
above you. Either way the unicorns will fly back
to heaven, but they’ll return with dinosaurs who play
Monopoly––if you’re lucky! And in the moonlight
starfish and pigs will play leapfrog.

Brooke Elementary Badgerdog writers, fourth grade

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2 Responses to “Anything Goes”

  1. Mrs. Licup's 4th grade class May 11, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Mr. Pethybridge inspired us to write this poem. He has been a fantastic teacher and writer with our class. He helped us reach our goal of becoming more creative writers. We had so much fun writing this together! 🙂

    Thank you Mr. Pethybridge and the Badgerdog program for coming to work with us this year!

    • Jeffrey Pethybridge May 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks to you all for being terrific writers and curious readers who are always ready to experiment and learn new way to write. It’s been a real joy working with you all.

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