Thursday, April 17, 2014

30 Poets/Day 17 - Jon Scieszka and James Carter

Day 17 brings us Jon Scieszka and James Carter, both of whom tip their hats to poets who have come before. Okay, fine, maybe Jon Scieszka isn't tipping his hat, exactly. Or maybe he is. Discuss among yourselves, I say. But no matter - I love both poems and am happy to be sharing them again....

            200 Typing Monkeys
                Almost Make It
Emily Dickinson and Jon Scieszka

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were a whole bunch of giant deliciously ripe bananas.

© 2009 National Simian Scribe Project. Some rights reversed.
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Clouds Like Us
a poem for Mr. Wordsworth
          ! !
           ! !
You're n e v e r lonely as a cloud
for like the sheep, you're with the crowd.
And then there's always loads to do
like soak a fete or barbeque.

Clouds are water - boiled you know.
We're recycled H20.
Stream to sea to cloud to rain
ever moving through a chain.

How we love it when it's warm.
For then we cook a mighty storm.
When it's time to help some flowers
we'll brew up those April showers.

Going back to our CV-
we’ve a range of skills you see
snow to hail and mist to fog -
to forming shapes for you to spot!

Sunny spell? Oh we'll be back.
You'll need some rain - and that's a fact.
We're high as kites and cool as jazz.
That's clouds like us - our life's a gas!

© 2010 James Carter. All rights reserved.
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Yesterday brought us poems by Betsy Franco and Bobbi Katz. Tomorrow... Kristine O'Connell George and Elaine Magliaro.

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