Poems for Reader’s Workshop Ducks on a Winter Night By Georgia Heard Ducks asleep on the banks of the pond tuck their bills into feathery quills, making their beds to keep warm in. Inside Turtle’s Shell By Joanne Ryder Turtle dreams he is young hunting in a wood of tall trees, so many trees only the birds could see the wide blue sky. everyone was hidden in the dark cool world under the leaves under the trees. And turtle dreams of the days the tall trees fell and he hid in his shell each time the ground shook. But that was long ago, nearly a hundred years. only turtle remembers the cool darkness of trees. Rich Lizard By Deborah Chandra The rich lizard shed his skin of silver coins, dropping them in the dry grass. Strange-wild thoughts shook him warming his blood to grander things and he tore himself looseran off, leaving behind his wealth of cold coins. ___________________________________ Swirling like a sweet tornado, it spins itself stiff. A storm caught on a paper cone. I hold it up, the air grows thick and sticky with the smell of it. A pink wind made of sugar and smoke, cotton, earth crust delicious dust! *The name of this poem is “Cotton Candy” by Deborah Chandra. Tell the students the title after you have read it.