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I learn something about life at preschool summer camp

A poem dedicated to the toddler who bit me on the leg

By Bri CraigPublished 2 months ago β€’ Updated 2 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
I learn something about life at preschool summer camp
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I learn something about life at preschool summer camp

A poem dedicated to the toddler who bit me on the leg when I worked at a preschool summer camp.


I am not a child.

I am something stuck between the teeth

of adolescent confidence and adult despair.

This is my first job, and a toddler has already

bit me on the thigh. She senses, perhaps,

this weakness in being,

this herbivore instinct.


I had forgotten

about the wild spirit of girls

before they become pruned branches.

But a bow bounces across the room,

a girl hurls a Brontosaurus and roars,

she topples the block tower of another.


I pick out the long-neck dinosaurs

from the primary-colored buckets,

and for a moment I want to tell

the girls what I have learned: the

Brontosaurus keeps its head low

to the ground and sways

from one small shrub

to another.


But then I tell them something else:

that Brontosaurus necks were designed

so that they could brush their long hair

with clouds and flocks of seagulls.

That every single vertebra giggled

as they hoisted up their head

to help them lick the stars.


I want to tell them about fossilized

fortitude, about big bones, about

amber antics, about Jurassic jerks,

about cunning carnivores...

But instead I settle for explaining,

that something so big,

and so mighty,

should never keep her head low.




Thank you for reading!

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Bri Craig

Bri Craig (she/her) is a variety pack writer. She enjoys writing poetry, webcomic features, humor, short stories, and personal anecdotes. Basically, neither of us will ever know what will be posted next!

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Comments (18)

  • ROCK about a month ago

    Fantastic! Naturally tuned. Congratulations!

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Congrats on your tp story.

  • Raihana H.2 months ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on this top story!

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  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    Well deserved Top Story, congrats!

  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    Oh, Bri, this poem is AWESOME! Dinos getting their hair brushed by seagulls...

  • Dr. Jason Benskin2 months ago

    Awesome writing, keep it up!

  • The Dani Writer2 months ago

    Oh wow! This be GORGEOUS poetry lessons! Enjoyed the HECK outta reading that! Gonna have "extra-read helpings." Well-deserved top story! Really hope that you place in the challenge!

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    Oh, this is outstanding and what a great teacher!

  • Indeed, this was wonderful. congrats on this top story

  • shanmuga priya2 months ago

    Congratulations πŸŽ‰

  • Dane BH2 months ago

    Holy shit, way to understand the assignment and then blow it into the literal sky. Best one I've seen yet.

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  • Anu Mehjabin2 months ago

    A powerful lesson on strength and resilience is delivered.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ And congrats on your top storyπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • Alyssa Nicole2 months ago

    I love the message of this poem and your use of alliteration! Great writing! Congrats on the Top Story! πŸŽ‰

  • Christy Munson2 months ago

    Loved every word, especially your last lines. Prostrate yourself to none! You hooked me completely with "I had forgotten about the wild spirit of girls before they become pruned branches." Beautifully written. I trust this is place in the challenge, or at least it should!

  • Margaret Brennan2 months ago

    that is so awesome and so very wise. it's perfect.

  • Lana V Lynx2 months ago

    This poem is both beautiful and deeply meaningful. I could clearly picture all this in my head.

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