Friday, July 31, 2015

WHEN I GET ANGRY: An Original Poem

Many years ago, I wrote a mask poem about a grizzly bear—which I have posted at Wild Rose Reader on more than one occasion. Here it is:


I’m grizzly bear. I’m fierce and fat…

And dangerous. Remember that!

My teeth are sharp as sabers.

My curvy claws can cut like saws,

And when I prowl the woods I growl

And frighten all my neighbors.

I rule the land. This forest’s mine!

I ain’t NOBODY’S valentine!

Don’t think that you can be my friend…

My dinner?



The End

Earlier this year, I used Grizzly Bear as a springboard for writing a poem told in the voice of a child who is having a tantrum:  


When I get angry, I’m a bear…

A grizzly bear

With coarse brown hair

And curvy claws that cut like saws…

And teeth that tear.

You best beware!

When I get angry,

I clench my paws

And snap my jaws.

I prowl and growl

Around my room

And fuss and fume

And stomp the floor

And slam my door…


I’m not angry anymore.


Here are two picture books on the subject of children dealing with their anger:


 The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Keri Recommends this week.


Heidi Mordhorst said...

Nice to see you again, Elaine! I wish I had had these poems and books to help me learn how to be angry when I was little. Nice works!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Heidi! It feels good to be back blogging again.

Joyce Ray said...

Hi, Elaine! I love your poem and the fact that it gives permission to be angry. It really honors the physical expression of an emotion as a way to work through negativity without harming anyone. Effective verbs, too!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Joyce! We all have to learn how to deal with our anger. I tried to look at the experience of having temper tantrums through a child's eyes.

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