In the Hood

by Marilyn Singer

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn SingerIn my hood,
skipping through the wood,
carrying a basket,
picking berries to eat—
juicy and sweet.
What a treat!
But a girl
mustn’t dawdle.
After all, Grandma’s waiting.


After all, Grandma’s waiting,
mustn’t dawdle…
But a girl!
What a treat—
juicy and sweet,
picking berries to eat,
carrying a basket,
skipping through the wood
in my ‘hood.

Copyright © 2010 Marilyn Singer. From the book Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems. Dutton Children’s. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About this Poem

Here’s a poem from Mirror Mirror, for which I created the reverso, a new poetry form. A reverso consists of two poems: read the first as you would most any poem; reverse the lines, and you have another poem, which says something completely different. The reversos in Mirror Mirror are based on fairy tales.

About The Author

Children's Poet Marilyn Singer

Photo by Laurie Gaboardi/The Litchfield County Times

Marilyn Singer is the author of over one hundred books for children and young adults in many genres, but she especially loves to write poetry.  Her works include A Stick Is an Excellent Thing, The Superheroes Employment Agency, the award-winning Mirror Mirror, and its companion, Follow Follow, and Rutherford B., Who Was He?  She lives in Brooklyn New York and Washington, Connecticut with her husband and several pets.

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2 responses to “In the Hood”

  1. This is one of my favorites from this wonderful collection. And there’s nothing better than hearing Marilyn read it in person–such a treat! Don’t miss her at ALA or other conferences!

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