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Fable for Blackboard

By George Starbuck

Here is the grackle, people.
Here is the fox, folks.
The grackle sits in the bracken. The fox    . . .

The Fair Singer

By Andrew Marvell

To make a final conquest of all me,
Love did compose so sweet an enemy,
In whom both beauties to my death agree, . . .

Fairy-tale Logic

By A. E. Stallings

Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat, . . .


By David Baker

It was midday before we noticed it was morning.
The boy cousins brought us a tray—soup and cheese,
warm soda, and a soft cloth and candy for her fever. . . .

The Faithful

By Jane Cooper

Once you said joking slyly, If I’m killed
I’ll come to haunt your solemn bed,
I’ll stand and glower at the head . . .

Falling: The Code

By Li-Young Lee

Through the night   
the apples . . .


By Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,    . . .

The Farmer

By W.D. Ehrhart

Each day I go into the fields to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing . . .

A Farmer Remembers Lincoln

By Witter Bynner

Well, I was in the old Second Maine,
The first regiment in Washington from the Pine Tree State. . . .


By Edgar Albert Guest

My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day . . .

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