Mentor text: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff and Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher (taken from Corbett Harrison)
Poem formula: start & stop poem (first and last lines are the same)
Inspiration: Our wee hours of the night road trip from Iowa to Illinois
In the wee hours of the night,
a long white van filled with precious cargo
bounces down the road.
Music blurs with words, shared by
a yawning boy, a babbling girl,
and five snoring little ones;
moon gazes from her cloud-blanketed perch,
casts shifting shadows across
in the wee hours of the night.
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(And now, 37 hours later, I sleep. Illinois is lovely, I'm ever so happy to be here, but I'm not even sure what I just wrote, and my fingers do not have a very good command of these keys. Sleep, it seems, is nonnegotiable.)