For Children

Lucy P. Ryan

Pleading Novels

2008 5th-6th Grade Poetry Winner

The enchanting novels
asked to be opened
They asked to be shared,
to be read
and to have their thin, crisp pages
flipped one by one
read word for word
enjoyed page by page.

The worth-crying-over novels
didn't want to be skimmed
or overlooked
or judged by the cover
and they didn't want all the work
and care
printed onto the pages
to be cooped up between the title and