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Introduction: This poem describes a bus ride. It would be a good idea to read this poem just before or just after your class has gone on a bus ride.

From This Bus Window

From this bus
pulling away from the curb
I can stretch
my neck. I can just stare into
the eyes

of a bicycle
messenger:
he is the
meat

of
the
sandwich
between
this bus and the moving van
on his other side.

Then he blows the whistle glued between his lips,
and sprint-pedals out of the sandwhich
and slides ahead of us both: bus and van,
and around
his corner.
We ride on.

by Arnold Adoff
from "Street Music: City Poems"
by Arnold Adoff
illustrated by Karen Barbour
(HarperCollins Publishing, 1995)

Extension: After reading this poem to your class (and after they have gone on a bus ride), ask students to recall things they saw on the bus ride. It is a good idea for the teacher to make a list as children give answers. Then students can draw a picture or write about their bus ride.