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The Boneyard Rap

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Raps are meant to be spoken out loud - indeed, it would be rude not to! Right in the first line we're told this poem is about rhythm, and it's packed with verbs of sound and movement. Read the poem out loud allowing your voice to find the rhythm, to hear it.

Clicking your knucklebones. Clapping your handbones. Clicking your fingerbones. Slapping your thighbones. Use one of these movements to start feeling the rhythm. Get your actions in time with the poem's rhythm as you say it aloud. Can you keep the rhythm going all the way through?

Then add a noise or action for every verb of sound or movement, over emphasising each one. How could you rattle your teeth or clink your elbow bones?

What are you going to do about the 3 ‘whooooooo’ lines? You might prefer a haunting, drawn out sound, or a loud abrupt sound. Think about which is scariest for the listener.

This is a fun poem to perform on your own. It's also great fun to perform with others in a spooky choir. Have fun with it for Halloween!

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This is the rhythm
of the boneyard rap,
knuckle bones click
and hand bones clap,
finger bones flick
and thigh bones slap,
when you’re doing the rhythm
of the boneyard rap.
Wooooooooo!

It’s the boneyard rap
and it’s a scare.
Give your bones a shake-up
if you dare.
Rattle your teeth
and waggle your jaw
and let’s do the boneyard rap
once more.

This is the rhythm
of the boneyard rap,
elbow bones clink
and backbones snap,
shoulder bones chink
and toe bones tap,
when you’re doing the rhythm
of the boneyard rap.
Wooooooooo!

It’s the boneyard rap
and it’s a scare.
Give your bones a shake-up
if you dare.
Rattle your teeth
and waggle your jaw
and let’s do the boneyard rap
once more.

Ths is the rhythm of the boneyard rap,
ankle bones sock
and arm bones flap,
pelvic bones knock
and knee bones zap,
when you’re doing the rhythm
of the boneyard rap.
Wooooooooo!

The Boneyard Rap

by Wes Magee