To Kill a Mockingbird Found Poem

July 13, 2009
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This is a truth
that applies to the human race,
yet to no particular race of men:
You never really understand a person,
until you consider things from his point of view,
climb inside of his skin,
and walk around in it.
One thing that doesn't abide,
by majority rule;
a person's conscience.
It was times like these
you rarely win,
only children weep,
the dead bury the dead,
one does not love breathing,
and there’s just one kind of folks:
I don't pretend to understand,
Why reasonable people,
go stark raving mad,
simply because they're still human;
that the one place,
where a man ought to get a square deal,
is in a courtroom,
be he any color of the rainbow.
It was times like these,
food comes with death,
flowers with sickness,
and little things in between;
two soap dolls,
a broken watch and chain,
a pair of good-luck pennies,
and our lives.
It made me sad.
Yet delete the adjectives,
and I'd have the facts;
it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

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leafy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm
I just finished reading the book, so it was cool reading this and recognizing the quotes :). And while the idea for this poem was cool, it could've been structured better. The flow was very, well, not flowy, and it just seemed like you were just stringing quotes from TKAM together. Also, please don't be offended by this post, because some people have before when I've given them my actually opinion. Honestly, I'm just trying to help by giving feedback other than "Wow, great poem!" like a lot o... (more »)
daniskate416 said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

This is GREAT! I adore To Kill a Mockingbird and I really enjoy writing found poems.

You really captured the novel's message well :)

kairi.kaylyn said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 10:28 am
I just started reading this book. This Poem thing is really cool. I never herd about this before.
epicxdogcrusherx said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

what is the main idea of this poem 

RACISM,about the trail(etc..)

aurorairis said...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Great poem! It really captures the essence of the book! One of the best books ever! Keep up the good work!

Please check out some of my poems...

subliminal96 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 11:44 am
Beautiful, love the book and this poem
hobo12321 said...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 6:58 am
DefyingGravity11 said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm
That was great! I've read that book and absolutely love it, & this is just an absolutely brilliant poem! Keep writing...or finding :) <3
callmeVieve11 said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm
This is amazing. Good job!! I love it!!
Godschild said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and its one of my favorite books ever. This poem is definetely getting printed and pasted into my journal! its one of those satisfying poems that makes you feel like you just ate a really good chocolate bar. love it!
Kiara12 said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:15 am
I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it. Your poem is great; it really captures the book's essence, and little details. it's fantatic!
Jrpete98 said...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 7:35 am
Wow, that is an amazing poem! It really states what the book is about. I love it.
JessDeibert This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm
oh my gosh!!!! this poem is AWESOME!! TKAM is my favoriteee book ever!!!  (i even have the shirt!).  good job! :)
Steph0804 replied...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 7:13 am
I absolutely love this book... I love how you took a bunch of phrases and wove them together into a beautiful poem!
Eazy11221222 said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm
i read this book and it really reflects it well, while being creative and insightfull.  its an amazing piece!
B. said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Awesome poem! Beautiful job! I love this book and the quote about walking around inside a person's skin is one of my favorite quotes so I'm glad you used it. And the last line is a great ending!
Destiny said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 11:29 am
How can you be so creative with your writing does it come freely and easily?
Anonymous_7 said...
Aug. 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm

This is great! IT must have taken forever. Please check out my poem and rate it!


quentin-arehart said...
Aug. 28, 2011 at 9:56 am
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books, very nice job :)
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Nice! I love how you manage to make it all fit together!
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