Anything Goes

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


On the Prowl

Often, the power of writing is its ability to enchant… Great writers bring us into new worlds we never took the time to imagine. When this happens, we find that time has shifted. We hear new noises in our heads. We have new cares, new worries, new joys, and suddenly a whole other existence comes to life. This week, our featured writer has accomplished just that. His poem is one that pulls us into the world of the coyote—how he cries into the night, his hunger, and even his indulgence. Congratulations to D. J. at Brooke Elementary School for a poem that’s fully imagined and a pleasure to read!

Night Howls

Every night a coyote howls
Every night he howls for food—
that’s something he can’t fight.
His friends howl, too, to tell
of their hunger, so they hunt,
and after a beautiful snake,
it’s time for a nap.

D. J., fourth grade, Brooke Elementary School