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Judith Viorst

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Introduction:
Discuss with your students a time where they moved or had had a good friend move away. Have them share if they have had similar experiences.

Since Hannah Moved Away

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The tires on my bike are flat.
The sky is grouchy gray.
At least it sure feels like that
Since Hanna moved away.

Chocolate ice cream tastes like prunes.
December's come to stay.
They've taken back the Mays and Junes
Since Hanna moved away.

Flowers smell like halibut.
Velvet feels like hay.
Every handsome dog's a mutt
Since Hanna moved away.

Nothing's fun to laugh about.
Nothing's fun to play.
They call me, but I won't come out
Since Hanna moved away.

-- Judith Viorst --

From If I Were in Charge of the World and Other
Worries
Published by Macmillan, 1981.

Extension:
Have the students write a similar style poem that would show an extreme feeling. (angry,sad,happy)