Wednesday, May 6, 2009

For Louise M. Rosenblatt

For Louise M. Rosenblatt

Together in class
We read a story

It is the same story
Printed in every copy
Of every book
In the classroom

Yet—and this is what
I love about reading—

It is a slightly different tale
Inside every head

As the words on the page
Collide and combine
With the life experience
Of each person
Reading the story

©2009-Art Belliveau


Ruth Crawford said...

Thank you Louise for the beautiful poem. I read twice a week in my classroom and it is interesting to see how they are all impacted in a different way.

Yvonne Williams said...

You're exactly right. Everyone approaches any story or event with a background of experiences totally different from everyone else's. That's what makes literature and life interesting.