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Sample poems

It’s hard to choose which poems to share with you out of the 100-plus poems that make up the school year of this teen! Some poems I don’t want to share out of context. Some give away too much of the story…

The narrator writes poems and keeps them hidden:

POETRY IS MY UNDERWEAR

My sister found them.
Read them out loud.
She’s so proud,
she’s running to our parents
waving my poems in the air
Doesn’t she know
she’s waving my underwear?

When she has a fight with a friend, she can’t get to sleep:

I HAVE TO WRITE

I have to write.
A splinter pushes up through my skin
and I can’t sleep
until this sliver of words
works its way out.

She writes about a guy she likes:

HEALER

You walk into class—
my head clears.
No kidding.
You are my aspirin.

All poems ©2002 by April Halprin Wayland, who controls all rights.


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