Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me”
Listen to Nye’s reading of this poem, including the introduction, from the Dodge Poetry Festival. Don’t treat it as an assignment; enjoy it!
Prompt: Write your own piece incorporating unusual, insightful things a child in your life has said. If there’s not a kid filling your days with such wonderful quotes right now, remember when a child or family member was little, or recall a friend from your own childhood who was good for a unique quote.
If you’re writing poetry, make the entire poem consist of these quotes as Nye did, working with the order of the quotes to make an effective piece. For a prose piece, use a distinctive child’s quote as a title or epigraph; open each section of the piece with a different quote; or pretend you are responding to what the child is saying.