Friday, September 08, 2006

Back to School Poetry

On the Other Side of the Door

On the Other Side of the Door
I can be a different me,
As smart and as brave and as funny or strong
As a person could want to be.
There's nothing too hard for me to do,
There's no place I can't explore
Because everything can happen
On the other side of the door.

On the other side of the door
I don't have to go alone.
If you come, too, we can sail tall ships
And fly where the wind has flown.
And wherever we go, it is almost sure
We'll find what we're looking for
Because everything can happen
On the other side of the door.

-Jeff Moss

7 comments:

Overwhelmed! said...

This poem is great, but I have to ask, what exactly is meant by "the other side" of the door? :)

cloudscome said...

I take it to mean the way you come into the classroom to join the class in a new school year. It's an invitation to join the community. That's my take on it, anyway. How do you see it?

Lilian said...

Beautiful poem!!

Oh, and I responded to your comment in Kateri's blog's comment section. I hold children's lit. in the highest regard. For me, the well crafted children's books are literature, period. I'd have no problem calling a children's book a novel, but probably that's just me and not a view most literary theorists/ critics hold, quite the contrary, actually.

liss121 said...

can i use this?

cloudscome said...

liss121 I am sure you can use it in an educational setting, (not for profit) as long as you acknowledge the author Jeff Moss. He holds the copyright as far as I know. I think that falls under "fair use".

Margo said...

I know a Jeff Moss that I used to teach with. I'm wondering if this is him. Do you know anything about the author?

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Sorry, no, I don't know anything else about the author. Just that he wrote a great poem! Hope you find him.