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Whitman List Poem, Theme 2: Community

October 13, 2006

The following excerpt from “There was a Child went Forth” will be followed by a “List Poem” by Classes 5-303 and 5-302, entered one line at a time as “Comments” to this blog post.

Click the title of this post (Whitman List Poem, Theme 2: Community) and scroll down to read through our list of poetry lines.

community and people

Excerpt from Walt Whitman’s There was a Child went Forth with a community theme.

bus and people

And the old drunkard staggering home from the out-house of the tavern, whence he had lately risen,
And the school-mistress that pass’d on her way to the school,
And the friendly boys that pass’d—and the quarrelsome boys,
And the tidy and fresh-cheek’d girls—and the barefoot boy and girl,
And all the changes of city and country, wherever he went.

39 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2006 1:13 pm

    It’s very busy, I’ve noticed here in this community. Beeping, honking, chattering and engines moving. And a nice shining sun coming down right on me.

    Alyssa, 5-303

  2. October 13, 2006 1:15 pm

    When I go out side I see bus going by I see poeple running for the bus I see poeple waitting for the bus like a tiger watting for it’s prey when the bus comes peolpe are getting off in a crowed and people trying to get first in the front door.
    Kristian, 5-303

  3. October 13, 2006 1:15 pm

    When I go outside my house I see a person looking through the
    garbage can, searching for food and clothes.
    Leslie, 5-303

  4. October 13, 2006 1:16 pm

    I could hear birds singing, cars passing by, and the wind blowing on my face; it feels so good.

    Sylvia, 5-303

  5. October 13, 2006 1:20 pm

    When I leave home and I go to school I feel like a whole new person I feel I’m with all my friends.
    But when I’m with my family I feel so good because I know they love me.
    Veronica, 5-503

  6. October 13, 2006 1:27 pm

    In my community I see people driving cars to work. That reminds me of busy people getting in and out of a busy subway.

    James, 5-303

  7. October 13, 2006 1:33 pm

    The sweaty kids were kicking the ball around. Trying to kick the ball to the goal as if they were fighting each other.
    Simon, 5-303

  8. October 13, 2006 1:35 pm

    I walk down the block of Mcdonald ave, I saw people looking for jobs they just stand there like homeless people.In that area there are a lot of Indian people. I could tell because the way they speak and the smell of their food.

    Natalie, 5-303

  9. October 13, 2006 1:37 pm

    I sometimes see a homeless man on the street begging for money. He may not have money but he does have joy inside of him.
    Manuel, 5-303

  10. October 13, 2006 1:38 pm

    Every time I come home from school I see people dancing next door from my house then I joined in ballet

    Aylin, 5-303

  11. October 13, 2006 1:39 pm

    I see women walking slowly or fast walking. Kids playing having fun. Ladies with scarves on their faces or heads, and old gramdmas with canes and hurt.
    Lorena, 5-303

  12. October 13, 2006 1:51 pm

    I donated my old non fitting clothes to the poor people, who probably right now are wearing raggy, ripped, dirty, torn pants and tops.

    Kimberly, 5-303

  13. October 13, 2006 1:52 pm

    Some poeple just siting there and asking for money and poeple ignoring them some even take the poor man’s money and he was saving it.
    Jordan, 5-303

  14. October 13, 2006 1:53 pm

    Early in the morning as I pass the streets I see a little bit of people that look like zombies wondering in the streets.

    Oscar, 5-303

  15. October 13, 2006 1:54 pm

    I see people in the bar drinking, people beeping their cars at other cars.                                         Ashley, 5-303

  16. October 13, 2006 2:00 pm

    Once I saw a little nest in the street it had little eggs inside
    it. A red van was coming towards the nest so I ran and slid
    because I had on my green and black heelies. These are shoes
    that have wheels inside them.

    Jason, 5-303

  17. October 13, 2006 2:01 pm

    Homeless people staring at people with their familes
    Elizabeth, 5-303

  18. October 13, 2006 2:02 pm

    People are in the street.
    Uptown, Downtown and all around town.
    I see goth people, homeless people, fancy people but mostly… I see classic people.

    Angela, 5-303

  19. October 13, 2006 2:13 pm

    When I come home from school I see people tearing down history that is now gone. They might even tear down your old home where all your memories are left behind.

    Kaitlyn, 5-303

  20. October 20, 2006 3:53 pm

    I love watching the clouds move, and the sun shine so bright.And the wind go flowing through my hair.


  21. October 20, 2006 3:53 pm

    I greet the happy ice cream man and ask him for a ice cream.
    Christy, 5-302

  22. October 20, 2006 3:54 pm

    The next day is like the same day, but with free time

    Hyat 5-302

  23. October 20, 2006 3:54 pm

    School is a wonderful thing, a place to learn.

    Farrah 5-302

  24. October 20, 2006 3:54 pm

    I love watching the clouds move, and the sun shine so bright. And the wind go flowing through my hair.

    Jennifer, 5-302

  25. October 20, 2006 3:56 pm

    Ever since I stared living with my sister and mom with my dad somewhere else I started feeling like school was a safe place for me.

    Axel, 5-302

  26. October 20, 2006 3:57 pm

    When it lunchtime it
    ower time of freedom!.

  27. October 20, 2006 3:58 pm

    I meet my Friend
    At school every single day


  28. October 20, 2006 3:59 pm

    Before I bother my sister I must take a nap to
    get some energy. And then I jump on my bed to
    get some exercise. THEN I bother my sister.

    David 5-302

  29. October 20, 2006 4:01 pm

    When I am bored I will go to Chuck E. Cheese’s.
    Jorge 5-302

  30. October 20, 2006 4:01 pm

    I actually rather be in school at
    least I’d have something to do.

    Ulices, 5-302

  31. October 20, 2006 4:03 pm

    Then I play sports and listen to my iPod.

    Marco, 5-302

  32. October 20, 2006 4:03 pm

    When it’s free time it’s like children have their own day.

    Jennifer, 5-302

  33. October 20, 2006 4:05 pm

    The water shines like a diamond.
    Carely, 5-302

  34. October 20, 2006 4:09 pm

    I meet new friends and I meet my friends.

    Summer 5-302

  35. October 20, 2006 4:09 pm

    In the school yard we all race to get a spot for dodgeball.

    Yenibel, 5-302

  36. October 20, 2006 4:11 pm

    When I am bored I play video games like Halo2.
    I wach t.v.
    I play with my computer.
    I help my mom.

    Jimmy 5-302

  37. October 20, 2006 4:11 pm

    I remember when I come go to my school,I see
    a bumble bee, Then I see a purple tree as silly as can be. I spy a silly tie, and a fly, of course. Then I go home and eat some soup, in the morning I am out and up.

    Rebecca 5-302

  38. October 31, 2006 4:08 pm

    From my bed I can jump into my sister’s bed. I can climb to get into my bed.
    Jorge 5-302

  39. October 31, 2006 4:24 pm

    My dad wakes me up he is like a alarm clock,
    takes me to school. I learn so many things, after
    school to learn a little then I play then I
    go home.

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