Kids Talk About Their Best Friends



*btw, the spelling and grammar are the kids’–I like to keep true to their words





Is Schooter, he is cool and he plays with me.

Is my sealf. Because I don’t have any best friend.

Tiffany because we like to play animal adoption, even though we fight.

Is Gabriella. I met her since 5 years.

Is Jaguer he is exstreme and funny and he let me come over his house.

Is my dog Rosebud. She’s a Golden Retriever, the cutest dog of all, and the thing I like about her is she’s good company. And she sleeps with me … That is the story of my best friend. The End.

Is bam; bam skates. Me and bam goof off. Skate brake things. Skate into a gate.

Is Chubaka. He is a dog.

Is Blankey. Sometimes I can’t take her with me to a sleep over at my cossens house because I do not want to fore get her.

Is my dog. He gets worn out when we play together.

Is James. He is in 4th grade. He has tan skin.

Is Nikolas. We like to break dance on the floor and fight each other.

Is Kaitlin. She always brightens my day.

Is Josh. We play star wars and act goofy. My next best friend is Levi. Nut.

Is Mario. He has a fat body. He has a moststash. He is a plumber. He has super powers.

Loves pants not skirts. Me and her are shy, don’t talk much. She has haisil eyes.

Is Joshua. He calls himself a goofball.

Is Klarence. He just drives me nut! Goo goo gag a. He is a dirty bug that squashes me for no reason. And Levi, who is all the stuff I said about Klarence. PS, he farts a lot.

Is my Uncle Joe. He likes when I ride a dirt bike, and he likes to watch me crash.

Is Ty Vaughn. He help me with my work and he keep me company.

Is Kewshan. He is the man. His mom works here. He make me smile.

Is Julieta.  She has brown hair. Samuel calls her fur ball.

Is Moses because when we met he made me laugh. We always skate together. And Ty Vaughn and Kashan too, my brothers I never had. Come play with me!

Is Marian, she has brown hair, black eyes, and she’s really nice to me and here is a picture of her and me.



My Best Friend

Is myself

I am a good person.

I am funny.

I am smart.

I am good at tracking severe weather.



Me and my best friend rap

That’s why I bap my best friend

Like a bad cat

Then all my girlfriends

Sit pretty on my lap



About deniselanier

I am an educator & advocate, poet & performer, speaker & storyteller who believes in the power of narrative to transform & transport, create & connect. I was the shy, awkward girl who didn’t fit in, was often bullied, happiest with my nose in books, whose best friend was my dog. After being cast in a play in my teens I discovered a way to be comfortable in my own skin, bringing to life the words of a character. Costumed in make-believe I dared to be more of myself than I ever allowed off-stage; I claimed my voice. I spent most of my adult life teaching others to raise their own voices, through acting, creative writing, even slam poetry. When the diagnosis of MS intervened in my 30s I had to let go of acting, which is why most of my storytelling is now expressed through page and less “formal” interactions with stages. I devote much of my time to kids, teaching them to use words & imagination, developing authentic, resilient, remarkable voices. I endeavor to grow in my students the belief, the truth, that we are all artists & the change-makers in our own stories. My best friend still has fur & four legs. My mobility assistance dog is my constant companion, teaching assistant & muse to many. Luke is also chief partner in crime; I’m getting a reputation for stealing things. As inventor of a poetic form called klepto-collaborative, I pickpocket words & phrases from others, reshuffling & reshaping the puzzle-pieces into a colorful, storied mosaic of diverse voices. Taking something from every speaker at a conference in real-time, I craft a collective poem that highlights the messages of the day, repurposing ideas & refashioning stories, weaving them together in a manner that never loses the originality & spirit of the speakers’ themes. So while I may be a word thief, I figure being eco-conscious makes up for it. I’m available to facilitate wordy goodness in your community, school, workplace or play space. I like to think I have way of transforming annual meetings into something interactive, cooperative & memorable. Through my klepto-collaborative poems I aim to delight, to ignite conversation, and maybe even incite innovation. I earned an MFA from Florida International University, where I edited Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. I’m the founder of WordPlay, a poetry-in-the-schools project inspired by Dave Eggers. My poetry has appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Cake, Luna, Best American Poetry blog (a collaborative poem with the phenomenal Denise Duhamel), Wicked Good Life, and various anthologies. My non-fiction has appeared in the Miami Herald and my fiction has been nominated for Best New American Voices. &

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