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09 Nov, 2011

Stealth poetry project: Just a Slug

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Stealth poetry

It’s been awhile, but do you remember the Stealth Poetry Project? (It was first discussed here, and you can read past poems here.)

To summarize: I dig up a kid-friendly poem, print it out, and display it in a high-traffic area here at home. The goal is to make poetry “top of mind” without it turning it into a boring school lesson. I am so glad we started doing this, because I believe that pretty words affect our personalities in ways that cannot be calculated. It’s a poetry infusion! Language and lyrics by osmosis! Heady stuff. And it’s fun!

Here’s the poem we’re looking at right now. Emma picked it out. I love it to bits.

Just a Slug, by Kenn Nesbitt

Oh, I’m a slug
a lowly bug
who never does a thing,
although I’d like
to ride a bike
or maybe learn to sing.

And if I could
I think I would
become a master spy.
Then go and get
a fighter jet
and really learn to fly.

I’d mountain climb.
I’d rap in rhyme.
I’d gain karate skills.
I’d bronco ride
and paraglide
and have some spills and thrills.

I’d take a trip
by rocketship
to soar among the stars.
I’d travel free
past Mercury
and Jupiter and Mars.

The books I’d write!
The bulls I’d fight!
The places I would go!
If only I
were quick and spry
instead of sad and slow.

Alas, it seems,
despite my dreams,
I’ll have to pull the plug
on all I ache
to undertake
for I am just a slug.

3 Responses to "Stealth poetry project: Just a Slug"

1 | Chantal

November 9th, 2011 at 10:57 am


fun idea! When my sister was in university she lived in residence and she would copy out Mastermind riddles and paste them on the inside of the bathroom stall doors for her floor mates to try and solve. Her floor mates enjoyed that a lot.

2 | coffeewithjulie

November 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm


Thanks for reminding me of the stealth poetry! And for intro’ing me to this poem … I think both my kids will LOVE it.

3 | Cari

November 14th, 2011 at 3:55 pm


Thanks for the poem. I printed it out and gave it to my six-year old. She reads it for anyone that will listen to her. It’s very cute. (Well, it *was* very cute the first 20 or so time. LOL)

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