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Mr. Ivan, The Principal Poet

Geography


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My teacher said Geography
is about where stuff is at.
Like towns and lakes and mountains
and places that are flat.
Sometimes teacher spins the globe
then stops it with a tap,
And then we children gather 'round
and gaze upon the map.

Other times, she pulls down maps
from a roll above the board,
And she points to things explorers found
and places they explored.
And once I opened an Atlas
on a shelf in the library
Where I found six maps of Africa
and one of Tennessee.

I guess each place is on a map.
It helps to keep things straight.
Things like countries, oceans, rivers,
mountains, and my state.
It really gets confusing.
There's too much -- I wish she'd stop!
Because all I can remember
is that North is at the top!

Copyright © 2006 Ivan Kershner, reprinted with permission.

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Article by Ivan Kershner
Education World®
Copyright © 2006 Education World

08/18/2006