We got rhythm – a poem by Mike Jubb

This was one of the rhythm poems we performed in Antalya in April 2012 working with professional percussionist and teacher Djenk.

Rhythm in your breathing, rhythm in your heartbeat,
Rhythm in your clapping and the tapping of your feet;
Rhythm when you swim, rhythm when you run;
Rhythm in the rising and the setting of the Sun;
Rhythm in the rain, and the chattering of teeth,
Rhythm in a caterpillar measuring a leaf;
Rhythm in a clock, and a telephone ringing;
Rhythm in a waterfall, and songbirds singing;
Rhythm in the wavelets lapping on a beach,
Rhythm in writing, rhythm in speech.
 
A rhythm may be noisy, or it may not make a sound,
 
Like the Rhythm of the Stars as they slowly dance around.

Mike Jubb

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About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to istanbuljohnm@hotmail.co.uk.
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2 Responses to We got rhythm – a poem by Mike Jubb

  1. createacher says:

    Fortunately there’s rhythm, or life would be but a bare boredom, brothers, wouldn’t it? That’s how and why humankind created music, just to feel the sense and harmony of being a community, working together and get rid of the boredom of working.

  2. Theresa Wall (Mrs) says:

    I am entering a group of children into a poetry festival in March. We have selected “We Got Rhythm” by Mike Jubb as one of our entries. The children are quite young , between 7 to 9 years. It is to be said as a “Choral Speaking Poem”.
    I found your reference to this on the internet and wondered if your recitation of this was available on line? I am struggling at the moment to create an exciting way of performing this poem.
    Would be most grateful for your comments.

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