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Introduction: This poem would be a great addition to a lesson on friendship or dreams. Janet Wong's poem "Old Friend" shows that even if you miss someone, they can be found in your dreams. Invite students to talk about an old friend they may have.

Old Friend

I had forgotten you, friend.
Is that why you came
into my dream?
I had forgotten you.

When I fall asleep again,
will you leave your address
on my pillow?

by Janet Wong

from "Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams"
by Janet S. Wong
illustrations by Julie Paschkis
(Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2000)

Extension: This poem ends by asking the old friend to leave their address on the pillow. After reading this poem you could invite your students to write a letter to an old friend or recall as a class someone who has visited your classroom and have the students write a letter to that person.