Illustration of a girl with pigtails laying in autumn leaves next to her black and gray dog
Illustration by Dave Wheeler

Three Things I Love

Read a sweet poem by Jennifer Dignan.

By Jennifer Dignan
From the November 2021 Issue

Three Things I Love

One thing I love is this song.

It seems to respond to a call

from the innermost part of my heart,

to echo a refrain

imprinted in my genes.

This song turns tangled up thoughts and emotions

that often get stuck in my throat

into something I can open my mouth and sing.

I blast the volume on this song because

it feels like blasting the volume on myself

while at the same time

it feels like dissolving.

Another thing I love is this dog.

Something in my chest tightens and twists

but also spreads and softens

when I catch her dreaming on the couch,

belly up and paws twitching in the air.

Watching her sprint down the sand,

I feel like it’s me

running so fast,

bursting with excitement and barking at the waves.

When I close my eyes and press my cheek

against her warm, soft neck,

there’s nothing else I need.

A third thing I love is this tree.

Lying in bed at night and listening to

the sush sush of its leaves

is like hundreds of the lightest hands

sweeping my worries away.

When I place my palm on this tree’s solid and sturdy trunk,

I feel myself absorb its strength;

I feel my legs grow roots.

And, of course, this tree provides

a private, peaceful spot

to sit and dream and think about

all the things I love.

Writing Prompt

Using Jennifer Dignan’s poem as a model, write your own poem with the title
“Three Things I Love.” You can write from your point of view or from the point of view of a character or person you admire. 

This poem was originally published in the November 2021 issue.

video (1)
Audio ()
Activities (4)
Answer Key (1)
video (1)
Audio ()
Activities (4)
Answer Key (1)
Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

Close Reading, Critical Thinking, Skill Building