The Wind Is Calling Me Away

by Kalli Dakos

If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand by Kalli DakosHow can I sit through one more day,
For the wind is calling me away,
And I want to change with the leaves that fall,
But I’m here in school and I’m missing it all.

While leaves as bright as the sun fly by,
We add, subtract, and multiply,
And none of these numbers makes sense to me,
When the sky is as blue as the summer sea.

Oh, teacher, please let’s race the leaves,
Let’s jump in piles and climb the trees,
Let’s add, subtract, and multiply,
The wind, the leaves and the deep blue sky.

Copyright © 2003 Kalli Dakos From the book If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About this Poem

I am sitting at my desk on a beautiful fall day. The wind is blowing through the giant maple tree that is outside my window, and the water on the river below is dancing along with the wind.

On days like this, the wind really does call me away from my writing, my poetry and my work, and I want to go outside and run in the leaves.

Suggestions for Further Activities

  • Have you ever sat at your desk and wished that you could be outside?
  • What calls you away?
  • It would be fun to go outside on a windy day and read this poem in the wind.
  • A friend put this poem to music and sang it one day for me. Have your ever tried singing a poem? It’s lots of fun.

About The Author

Children's Poet Kalli DakosKalli Dakos has been celebrating the school world since the release of her best-selling book, If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School. She has written many collections of school poems, including six IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Selections, such as Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig, The Bug in Teacher’s Coffee, Don’t Read This Book, Whatever You Do! and A Funeral in the Bathroom.

As a former reading specialist and teacher, Kalli uses her educational background to create joyous, fun-filled assemblies and writing workshops that provide sound reinforcement for standards of learning, disguised as high-energy fun and filled with audience participation. She has visited schools all over the U.S. and Canada and as far away as Hong Kong.

Kalli believes that “a poem can change a child and a child can change the world.”

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