Friday, June 22, 2012

Poetry Friday: A Dance Poem by Kenn Nesbitt

I don't know about you, but the beginning of summer has been pretty busy at our house, especially getting our two daughters into their new summer camp routines and dealing with the heat. Work has been busy for me, too, so I'm thankful that the end of the week is finally here. I'm definitely ready for a break--a poetry break!

Here's a fun children's poem by Kenn Nesbitt, who graciously shares so many of his poems on his interactive website I'm sharing it as part of Poetry Friday, which is being hosted today by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater from The Poem Farm. Enjoy...

When Daniel Went Dancing

When Daniel went dancing that night at the fair
he leapt on the stage with his arms in the air.

He ran back and forth at a neck-breaking pace,
then back-flipped and cartwheeled all over the place.

He jumped like a jumping bean, bounced like a ball,
careened off the ceiling, and ran down the wall.

He flew through the room with an ear-splitting scream
til, shaking and sobbing, he ran out of steam.

The witnesses watching could see at a glance
that Dan had invented some new kind of dance.

They cheered and applauded. They gave him First Prize.
They cried, "You're a genius in all of our eyes!"

So now, just like Daniel, from Finland to France,
they sit on a cactus to start every dance. 

Copyright © 2012 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved


  1. Thanks for sharing this one, Kerry! Ken always has those surprises at the end to keep us guessing...or dancing, as the case may be. Hope your summer is full of grand jetes!

    1. Thanks, Renee. Hope your summer is fabulous, too...and full of wonderful summer poetry!

  2. Fun poem! Ending took me by surprise :). Thanks, Kerry!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jama. The ending took me by surprise, too. Never saw it coming...but so funny!

  3. What fun this is with all the excitement, and then the motivation revealed at the end explains it all. Thank you, Kerry.

  4. Maybe I need to bring a cactus when I feel self-conscious about dancing! Thank you for the giggle and post, Kerry. Happy dancing and Poetry Friday too!

  5. That was certainly fun, thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for sharing that. I can see how teachers could use that in class to get kids moving in similar ways, simply suggesting they sat on a cactus would stimulate some crazy movements from kids!

    1. I bet you are right! I hope somebody tries it :)


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