dripping off rooftops
lit by clean light
bring the gossip
spilling off mountains
Copyright © 1997 Ralph Fletcher. From the book Ordinary Things: Poems from a Walk in Early Spring. Atheneum. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Also Known As Rowan Pohi, Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know, A Writing Kind of Day: Poems from Young Poets, Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, A Writer’s Notebook, and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.
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