SOMETHING ON MY MIND was the book that started off my Nikki Grimes collection. I love this book. The poems are full of heart and conversational. Tom Feeling's art is expressive and lovely. It's a book I've read and shared more times than I can remember.
When I was teaching, I often used SOMETHING ON MY MIND in my classroom. The title, illustrations, and poems made wonderful writing prompts for my elementary and middle school students. The poems invite young writers to express their own feelings and experiences through poetry.
Here is my favorite poem from the collection:
Grandma filling up this porch
and stories about when
Mama was a little girl
and Grandma would hug me
I was her very special own granddaughter.
But now she's gone.
I miss her--
Although SOMETHING ON MY MIND was published 1978, the poems are just as relevant today.
A big thank you to Irene for hosting this very special Poetry Friday at Live Your Poem.