Introduction: This is perfect for middle school students. Use in the winter on a dull day when you want
to wake them up and get their blood moving.
By Charles R. Smith, Jr.
tick tick tick
with a flick of the wrist.
Like the thump
of a drum
Creating constant sound
with a background
rhythm is the
on their feet.
skipping on concrete
that makes jumpshots
sound of kernals
From a nod
of the head
rhythm lives in you
rhythm lives in me
rhythm in the song of life
marching your own
to your own
Poetry Extension: Read the poem through once. Stop and ask the students to think of movement as
you read it a second time. The areas in blue type are excellent sections of the poem to add accompanying movement.
If necessary, lead the discussion toward using the tick and the thump as movements by having the students drum
and tap on their desks. The pump-pump can be used as movement by slapping flat hands on the desktop. The jump can be the children
jumping in place. Then, follow with nodding heads, shaking feet and then marching.
After this, have children create their own motion poem. Let each student decide which mood, movements
and motions he or she wants to create.
Smith, Jr, Charles R. 2002. Perfect harmony.
Ill. by Charles R. Smith, Jr. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 078680758X