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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spitfire213 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 11:01 am
The emotion is vivid but not over done. The poem isn't obvious but you can still understand what's be portrayed. That makes it very interesting. Good work.
little-miss-mistakes said...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm
THIS IS REALLY GOOD!!! did you find this all in one paragraph and split it up? if so good choices in phrasing... if not... good job in finding all of the quotes and putting them together!! do you have anymore of these? i like them!!!
wordweaver96 replied...
Aug. 28, 2011 at 10:59 am
I've read the book, and I did a HUGE project on it. Trust me, these quotes were scattered throughout the book. She did an amazing job!
TAR11 said...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 8:32 am
Nice work.  Please look at my poems From the Hilltop and Anonymous' Inerno.  Thanks! 
midniteprowl said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm
What made you decide to title this "to kill a mockingbird"?
little-miss-mistakes replied...
Jul. 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

he found all the quotes in "To Kill a Mockingbird"


midniteprowl said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm
this is pretty good. I have heard abo0ut found poems, but never saw one written until i read urs. I might like to give it a try. :) n plz can u look at my stuff and rate it plz? thnks....btw, 5 stars for this piece!
...Life said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm
all of your work amazes me!!!!!!!
triplethreat said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm
i love the poem!! i read the book as an assignment and you showed everyone who hasnt read read the book what its basically about. kudos!!
WindDancer said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm
This is so amazing. Honestly, I think you captured exactly the message of the whole novel! I'd heard of found poetry before, but this makes me really want to try it. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this.
Curly_Sue said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Great job! I recently read to kill a mocking bird and while reading this my mind was sitting here trying to idetify every little line (and sometimes succeeding). Also while reading this, I got to remember my own failed attempt at a found poem and had a good laugh. This is an amazing poem for a great book. Props.
Sporks said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm
I just recently finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird in school, and I must say, this is quite the poem. Very well done, and keep on writing!
CoolBreeze This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Wow it is really interesting how you did this.
smilesunshine said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I am currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird for my English class... It's a very good book!

I love your poem! :)

Good job!

sophiasmiley12 said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm
I'm reading this in school. Good job! :)
Iluvmybff said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm
I really like this! Its amazing. I wrote a To Kill A Mockingbird poem for my project this year but its not asgoodas yours.
WeAllBurn said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

this is awesome! i am so going to try this outt (:

seriously, awesome (:

DeusExMachina said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Hey awesome job! I think you really captured the essence of To Kill a Mockingbird! I actually wrote a found poem for the book animal farm... its more abstract than this though, but here's the link if you'd want to read it

brax34 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm
very nice! it's like a collage of the book on paper!
SamiLou said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
WOW! this is amazing! so every single phrase is from the book? thats so cool that you can organize this in such a beautiful way
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