Introduction: This poem describes clouds and thunderstorms, it would be best to share this poem during thunderstorm season or while learning about weather. This would also be a fun poem to have students perform.(click "What is poetry performance" from my home page)
Clouds Are Black
Dark Green This Afternoon
Are Sitting Over Our Town
Just Rumb l i n g
With Their Bragging
N o i s e
Who Ordered That Flash Of Lightning
Flashing From The
Who Ordered The Rest Of This Dark Sky
Who Asked This S t o r m To S t a y
by Arnold Adoff
from "In for Winter, Out for Spring"
by Arnold Adoff and Jerry Pinkney
(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1991)
Extension: After reading this poem to your class it would be fun to have the students draw a picture of the storm they thought of when they heard the poem.