Love poems. Children see the clarity of love poems. Children love love poems, especially when they believe… really, really believe, that the poem was written for them. Be the ME and your child/children the YOU in 20th century African-American poet Nikki Giovanni‘s poem, LOVE IS…
LOVE IS by Nikki Giovanni
Some people forget that love is
tucking you in and kissing you
no matter how young or old you are
Some people don’t remember that
listening and laughing and asking
no matter what your age
Few recognize that love is
no fun at all
You and me
Read the poem with your children. Both very young children and older children (teenagers, too) will love the message. Be the ME and YOU who never forget and always remember; remember to kiss “good night” and listen and laugh and ask questions. If, by chance, ME and YOU have forgotten to do these things lately, talk about it. Recognize and talk about the commitment, responsibility and fun of LOVE. Use the poet’s powerful words and feelings of her poem to embrace what LOVE IS.
Transform this poem into a lovely lullaby, no matter what the age of your children. Plan a moment each day to ask a question of each other, always coming back to the words of the poem. Love is love, no matter how young or old you are. Feel the words. Remember that LITERACY is all about WORDS – Written, Spoken, Felt.