Despite what some golks might think, Baristanet loves a feel-good story, especially when kids are involved. James Feinberg, a 9-year-old third grader at Hillside School in Montclair, attends the Gifted and Talented program on weekends at Montclair State, where he is enrolled in a creative writing class.
He recently wrote a poem for class entitled “Sayings,” and submitted it to the website of a Brooklyn-based, family oriented bluegrass band called Astrograss. The band holds contests for children to submit poetry, and sets the winners’ words to music that the band composes.
James won, and Astrograss performed his song to a full house this month at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
That’s James, with the band and sister, Lily, a first grader at Nishuane.
For the poem, click to the jump…
by James Feinberg
Lately my mom’s been telling me
“A leopard can’t change his spots.”
So to prove her wrong didn’t take that long.
But the leopard didn’t like the paint a lot.
Lately my dad’s been telling me
“You’re like a bull in a china shop.”
So I went down to the farm to ask for a bull.
The damage took a long time to mop.
Lately my uncle’s been telling me
“No more monkey business, Paul.”
So I went and looked at some monkeys.
Most of them weren’t any good at law.
Lately my aunt’s been telling me
“Paul, it’s a dog’s life.”
So I watched an Irish terrier.
But all I got was a bite.
Lately my sister’s been telling me
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
So I checked out a couple of bestsellers.
And all I had to say was “Oh, brother.”
Lately my cousin’s been telling me
“One good turn deserves another.”
So I tried 2 good turns in dad’s car.
I got 3 hours of screams from my mother.
I can’t understand what people say these days!
I just can’t, not a bit, not at all!
What all these people are saying
Just drives me up a wall!