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Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too.. by James W. Hall

This poem is a poem I read in English 100 about 4 years ago.  I thought it was hilarious to read and a fun read because you were challenged to read it in a different tone.   But the part I fell in love with the most was the meaning behind this poem.

Now this poem is a poem about Spiderman not wanting to be Spiderman.. but the problem with being Spiderman is you cannot stop being Spiderman.

Anyone making connections yet?  Well let me make the connection for you if you haven't yet..Spiderman is me or you or anyone else in this world.  And we (as Spiderman) cannot just simply stop being ourselves.  ITS IMPOSSIBLE.  We cannot just shed our suits and become someone else. 

"But den you just can't quit being sometin like
You SPIDERMAN for life.  Fowever.  I can't even
buin my suit.  It won't buin.  It's fwame wesistent.
So maybe dat's youwr pwoblem too, who knows.
Maybe dat's da whole pwoblem wif evwytin.
Nobody can buin der suits, dey all fwame wesistent.

I love this poem so much! It is a poem I would love to read to students about being themselves and understanding that YOU ARE YOU!  No one can change that, and being you is okay!  You cannot shed your suit and change who you are.  No one can get rid of their "suit".

With so much influence from the media on how you should look and how you should act and who you should be; this poem is a reminder that you cannot stop being you.


06/14/2013 10:13am

Hey Brittney,

Thank you for sharing this poem, this is super cute and a great way to celebrate classroom diversity. You mentioned you would read this to your class and talk about how individuals are unique. However, what would you consider establishing for a follow up activity?


06/18/2013 2:13pm

Hey Shan,

For a followup activity, the possibilites are endless I am sure if you actually sat down and thought about the ways! But right off the top of my head would probably be for an older age group, maybe middle years, they could write their own poems about themselves and what makes them different or something that makes them unique.


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