“For Daddy on His Birthday” by Janelle Adamson

Janelle Adamson (age 8)


My dad is a strong
tree. He can never be broken
by thunder or ice storms.
He carries my sadness
in his branches. I feel happy
again. He shelters me
from the rain
of my fears.
His kisses tickle me
like leaves.
I like sitting with my back
against his strong trunk.
He makes me feel important
in this world.

from 2023 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Janelle Adamson: “I like to write poetry because it’s fun and inspiring, and I like getting to write with my mom because my mom writes poetry, and she has helped me be interested in poetry.”

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