Pumpkin

by Nikki Grimes

A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki GrimesPumpkin is an orange word.
I set its roundness out
where others can enjoy it.
I help Mama carve
a crooked smile on its face.
come Thanksgiving,
we bake others like it for dessert.
But first we have to wait
for them to arrive.

Pumpkins catch a bus
to town. How else could they get
here by Thanksgiving?

Copyright © 2001 Nikki GrimesFrom the book A Pocketful of Poems. Clarion Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's Author Nikki GrimesNew York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, the novels Jazmin’s Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

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4 responses to “Pumpkin”

  1. Candace says:

    Nice! Nikki Grimes is my favorite children’s author…. and she’s up there with Jane Austin with the adults. Another poem well done, Nikki.

  2. I love the image of pumpkins catching a bus. Nikki always captures that kid outlook SO well!

  3. Kate Coombs says:

    Perfectly October–I especially love the first line!

  4. Thanks for a fun poem. Connie

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