Isn’t it strange some people make
You feel so tired inside,
Your thoughts begin to shrivel up
Like leaves all brown and dried!
But when you’re with some other ones,
It’s stranger still to find
Your thoughts as thick as fireflies
All shiny in your mind!
I found this poem in A New Treasury of Children’s Poetry: Old Favorites and New Discoveries (another nice anthology). I always like to share it with new groups of students as one small way of beginning to set a collaborative and respectful tone for our journey together.