This Is Just to Say

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This Is Just To Say
I have finished
the sub plans
needed in
8 hours
and which
you may not
understand
at all
Forgive me
I tried to
make the lesson work
without me there.

Note: I would have rather eaten juicy plums, much more delicious than my sub plans.

This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

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16 thoughts on “This Is Just to Say

  1. I love using this model for sub plans. What a way to crack open the frustrations of leaving plans behind when the key element has to be missing. Bonnie

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  2. Creative & fun way to tell your idea about sub plans-'which you may not understand at all'. Having a sub is sometimes more trouble than working, isn't it? I hope you have a successful day off & your class does well with the plans.

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  3. Maya, what a great poem. I love what you did with it. I use this poem all the time with students. They love apologizing for something they are really sorry for! It's a very easy style to mimic.

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  4. Such a coincidence. I just finished my post and needed to start writing sub plans. I have a great sub for tomorrow, so I know he'll make the lesson work!

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  5. This is so perfect! I love the nod to William Carlos Williams. Have you seen his picture book biography?? I had to write sub plans (guest teacher plans, we call them) for tomorrow as well. Two P.E. teachers are subbing for my honors language arts class. Hmm. That should be interesting, right?

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  6. Maya,Love what you did with this mentor text! Are you familiar with Love That Dog by Sharon Creech? This poem reminds me of the narrator, Jack and his journey with poetry. Hope your day away from the classroom goes smoothly. I too was at school late today polishing up my sub plans for tomorrow! ~Theresa

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