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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 5, 2014
Penobscot literary tea showcases students’ poetry prowess

Penobscot student Emma Ferden reads a haiku

Emma Ferden reads her haiku “Wetlands” at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea held in Penobscot, Maine on June 3, 2014.

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by Anne Berleant

Tea served in china cups and saucers, an array of sweets cupped in frilled paper—and poetry.

For the 13th straight year, the third and fourth grade poets of Penobscot Community School invited their mothers, fathers, grandparents and brothers and sisters to hear their literary creations, and to drink tea.

Reading teacher and librarian Helen Graikowski brought the idea for the literary tea when she came to the school from New Hampshire.

“They love writing the poems and reciting them, and their families coming to hear them. It’s a fun event,” Graikowski said.

The students have been working on their poems since April, Graikowski said, based on different styles and themes. Those ranged from color poems, free verse, haikus, shape poems and cinquain, a poem that uses a five-line pattern. The young poets spent the last week with Graikowski and teacher Darcy Currier practicing reciting and making eye contact.

The rehearsals were evident as Tyler Brenton introduced the event and then Kaylin Welts and Wyatt McKechnie stepped up to the podium as emcees.

Welts and McKechnie introduced the poets and bestowed critical praise after each reading.

Graikowski mused on her students’ creative process: “Sometimes it’s easier to write poems. They don’t have to rhyme…they can be about anything [the writers] want them to be.”

A selection of the poems follows.

Frog

By Austin Gray

There was a frog named Bob the frog. He was a peeper. Every night he went peep, peep, peep. When a fly came zzzz Bob would snack him up. Zip zip zip.

Dance

By Cami Smith

Dreadfully moving

Across the land

Never mess up

Continuing to be

Eager and great

My Life

By Solomon George

My hair is like a bunch of seaweed on a big

rock.

My eyes are like misty clouds in the sky.

My feet are as fast as a cheetah running

through the savannah.

My hands are as rough as sand paper.

I live in my nice big house and eat a lot of

good food.

Hero

By Sebastian Blackwood

brave, heroic

soaring, helping, traveling

Iron Man, Hulk, Vouldemort, Dr. Doom

killing, destroying, scheming

evil, dark, villain

Penobscot student Emma Ferden reads a haiku

Emma Ferden reads her haiku “Wetlands” at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea held in Penobscot, Maine on June 3, 2014.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Penobscot student Zachary Bechard

Zachary Bechard was the first student to recite his poems at the Penobscot Literary Tea held on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

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Penobscot student Cami Smith

Cami Smith reads her poem “Dance” at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea held on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Penobscot student Solomon George

Solomon George read his poem “My Life,” at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea held on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Penobscot students emcee a literary tea

Wyatt McKechnie and Kaylin Welts introduce the next young poet to read at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea held on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Penobscot student Tyler Goodman

Tyler Goodman wrote a cinquain, color poem and free verse poem to read at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea held on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

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Penobscot student Max Astbury King

Fifth grader Max King volunteered by manning the treat table at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

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Tea after poetry in Penobscot, Maine

Students and the public mingled at the Penobscot Community School Literary Tea on June 3, 2014 in Penobscot, Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant