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*CHILDREN*

 

 

Collected by

 

Arliene Wright

 

EVERYDAY POEMS –FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

 

 

THE LOVELY WIFE

 

 

Will you be my lovely wife,

Will you say I do?

I’ll buy you the prettiest Sunday dress,

And a nice umbrella, too.

 

And you shall have a lovely hat,

With an elegant golden  feather,

A pair of gloves and sandal shoes,

With the softest kind of leather.

 

And you shall have a lovely house,

A kitten, a  puppy if
you please,

A view of sunsets and daffodils,

Gently dancing in the breeze.

 

 

                        LITTLE
BROTHER

 

I am the sister of him

And he is my brother.

He is too little right now

For us to talk together

 

All he can say is blah blah blah

And In between he cries.

Every morning I show him my doll and my book

But he is too liitle to look.

And still I am the sister of him

And he is my brother

 

 

ILL BE A CLOWN

 

The circus is coming to town
once more!

The circus is coming to town!

Therell be tigers in cages, a lion that rages

And there’ll be a clown, a clown!

There’ll be a clown with a suit of white,

Striped in green and purple bright,

With a wide, wide grin as laughs each night

A clown to tumble, and grumple and fight,

When the circus comes to town!

A clown is the nicest man to know!

Nicer than candy store men!

For a clown falls down, gets up with a frown,

And then he falls down again!

He’s only pretending to mind it though.

He isn’t hurt and he knows we know.

He turns and winks at us, 
just to show

That its all in fun! Then he laughs HO ! Ho!

The clown is the finest of men.

When I’m grown up and when Im grown up

I’m going to be a clown!

I’ll make folks gay on that wonderful day,

When the circus comes to town!

You can be a policeman, I don’t care!

But there’s a white suit that I’m going to wear

You can pilot a plane in the air

But I’ll have a wig of red, wild hair.

And I’ll be a clown a clown!

 

NEW SHOES

 

When I’m walking down the street

I do so like to watch my feet.

Perhaps you have not heard the news

Mommy has bought me fine new shoes!

When the left one steps I do not speak,

I listen to its happy squeek.

When the right one moves in perfect stride

It moves so quickly

Very quickly

And off I run!!!!

 

GALOSHES

 

Susie’s galoshes

Make splishes and splashes

And sloshes and slushes

Hopping and stomping 
in  puddles

of rain

 

They tromp and they stomp

In  minature ponds

And get stuck in the muck and the mud;

But Susie likes much best to hear

The slippery slush

As it sloshes and sloshes,

All around her galoshes

 

MUD

Nobody else but the rosebush
knows How nice mud feels

Between the toes.

Mud is very nice to feel

All squishy squashy between the toes!

I’d rather wade in wiggly mud

Then take a whiff of that yellow rose

 

AT THE SEASIDE

 

When I was down by the sea

A little spadel they gave to me

To dig the sandy shore.

 

My holes were empty like a cup

In every hole the sea came up Till it could come no more.

 

EXTREMES

 

A little boy once played so loud

That the thunder upon the thunder cloud

Said, “Since I cant be heard, why, then

I’ll never thunder again!”

 

And a little girl once kept so
still

That she heard a hummingbird

Whisper and say to the ladybird

“she’s the stillest child I ever heard.”

 

 

STARS

 

At night in bed I like to lie

And watch the stars up in the sky.

They wink and blink up there so high.

I think it would be fun if I

Couild be a little bit of light

And blink and wink all through the night.

 

TRAINS

 

Over the mountains

Over the plains

Over the rivers

Here come the trains.

 

Carrying Passengers

Carrying Mail

Bringing their precious

loads without fail

 

Thousands of freight cars

All rushing on

Through day and darkness

Through dusk and dawn.

 

Over the mountains

Over the plains

Over the rivers

Here come the trains.

 

 

TAKING OFF

 

The airplane taxis down the
field

And heads into the breeze.

It lifts its wheels above the ground

Soaring in the sky with ease

And its just a speck against the sky-

And now– its gone!

 

 

WHISTLE

 

I want to learn to whistle

I’ve always wanted to

I fix my mouth to make the sound

But The whistle wont come through

 

I think perhaps its stuck and so

I try it once again;

A purse my lips like a giant kiss

A blow the air just so.

Nothing came out but air

Can people swallow whistles?

Where is my whistle then?

 

FIVE YEARS OLD

 

Please, everybody, look
at me!

Today I’m five years old, you see!

And after this, I won’t be four,

Not ever, ever, any more!

I won’t be three or two or one,

For that was when I’d first begun.

Now I’ll be five awhile,

And then I’ll soon be something else
again.

 

IT’S A
HOLIDAY

 

My
hair is brushed

And very neat

My best black shoes are on my feet.

My dress is pressed

I look my best.

I’m going away,

It’s a holiday.

 

 

I’M
NEVER BORED AT ALL

 

When I lie flat upon the grass and put my
face close down,

I see
so many, many things all colors green and brown

And red and black, so many things that go
round,

And here and there and slow and fast
along the ground

Forwards
and backward or not fast at all

Just a creepy, creepy crawl.

There’s always someyhing moving so Im
never bored at all.

 

A
WINDY DAY

 

On a
windy day in the country you see

The wildest dance that could ever be:

Tall trees wave and bow and bend,

Leaves do a twostep, end over end.

Grasses and reed waltz down to the ground

Bits of thistledown twirl round and
round.

You,
yourself do a wildfunny dance

As the wind mkes your feet spin a lively
prance

And
your wild, funny dance makes you laugh with glee

Because you’ve so very much company

 

 

IM SIX
TODAY

 

My Birthday’s in winter when its snowy
and cold, and I always build a snowman but he never grows old

For
the sun shines down and snow melts away

Till the snowmans just my size and I’m six
today.

 

 

I
WONDER

 

A
cracker is thin

A sugar bun fat

I wonder why-that should be that.

 

A CAKE

Eggs,
flour, sugar, milk

Stirred up well smooth as silk

Popped in the oven

There to bake

Eaten up fast, that’s a cake.

 

OUTDOORS
AND INDOORS

 

Outdoors
when the windblows

And the thunder crashes

And everythibg shows

When the lightning flashes

Its best to be wise girls and boys

And stay at home and just hear the noise.

–Indoors

 

 

NOONDAY

 

At
noonday when the sun is high

And youre lying in a grassy field

You look straight up into the sky

Using your hands to make a shield

Everything glows

The color rose.

GALLPING
PONIES

 

Do you
know why I like the sky

Full of clouds that the wind can blow

Because you see they look at me

Like galloping ponies covered with snow.

 

TINY
LADY

 

I met a tiny old lady near my house one
fine day,

A very timy, very old lady who stopped me
to say,

“A loverly day! A loverly day! I say it
twice, yes twice I say,

For it’s twice as loverly as yesterday”

 

OUT MY
WINDOW

 

Do you
live in a city, high high from the ground

And look out your window-up, down, and
around?

Up higher than you is a piece of blue
sky,

Down lower than you are things whizzing
by,

All around you are buildings, low and
tall,

With windows and windows, or a big blank
wall.

But
just look across, you’ll see someone who

Looks straight across too, and right back
at you.

 

I’M A
PUPPY

Oh a
ship at sea is a wonderful thing

And so
is a bird with a big wide wide wing

But I’m here on the ground and can never
see

What a squirrel can see from the top of a
tree.

But I
like it down here so I think I shall stay

For I’ve a puppy who likes to play

From early morning till the sun’s high in
the sky,

When we go in the house to eat blueberry
pie.

 

AN
AIRPLANE

 

There
goes an airplane, racing up high

In big clouds and small clouds that float
in the sky.

I’de
like to be up there and look down at the ground

And pilot that airplane in loops round
and round.

 

PLEASE
TELL ME WHY!

 

Are
there ever too many apples in a pie

Or too may stars in the sky

Or too many baby pigs in their sty

Or too many pine needles on which to lie,

Or too many birds flying by

Or too many clouds way up high?

If you think there are, please tell me
why

 

WONDERFUL
SMELLS

 

The world is full of wonderful smells,

And you have a nose that always tells

Of bread in the oven  hot and nice

Of cake being baked with lots of spice

Of a barn with fresh cut hay in the mows

Of
horses and pigs and cats and cows

Of a dog when he’s warm and lies in the
sun

Of
apple sauce and chocolate and a sugar bun

Wouldn’t it be dreadful if you had no
nose to tell

Of every wonderful, wonderful smell?

 

MY
OLDEST SHOES

 

I love
my very oldest shoes

Theyre patched and worn and torn.

And if I had a chance to choose

I’d wear them still-

Perhaps I will!

 

THE
DUNCE

 

Why
does he still keep ticking?

Why does his round white face

Stare at me over the books and ink

And mock at my disgrace?

Why does that thrush call, Dunce dunce
dunce!’?

Why does that bluebottle buzz?

Why does the sun so silent shine-

And what do I care if it does?

 

THE
WINDOW

Behind
the blinds I sit and watch

The people passin-passing by;

And not a sing le one can see

My tiny watching eye.

They cannot see my little room

All yellowed with the shaded sun;

Nor’ll guess when I’m gone.

 

A TREE

 

Once
upon a time

         I
tried to climb a tree

                  Much
bigger than me,

                           Much
taller than I,

                                    Big
and tall as the sky

 

 

A  BIG OLD BED

 

Have
you ever slept in a big old bed

In a big old country house?

Have you ever been wakened and heard over
head

The pattery, scattery feet of a mouse?

Of one mouse, then two, then three and
four,

Five, six, seven, then lots lots more-

Pattery, scattery little feet on a
rafter,

Squeeks and squeels, that must be more
laughter

As they skip and scamper and softly run,

Holding a party that sounds like fun.

ON A
FARM

 

On a farm you go to bed early at night,

And you get up even earlier, long before
it’s light.

But
that’s really fun because then there’s all the day

To see everything, do everything, run and
play.

 

GOING
BAREFOOT

 

Going
barefoot is lots of fun

Whether it’s raining or theres  sun

If it’s raining and the grass is wet

It tickles your toes, and then you get

Shaky and shivery.

If there’s sun and the grass is dry That
tickles your toes too and bye and bye

Youre quaky and quivery

 

                           ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

 

MOUSE

 

I was
lying still in a field one day

When a tiny mouse came out to play.

His eyes were bright

His tummy white

His ears were neat

And pink his feet

His fur was brown

And soft and down

And his tail was long as he skipped away

And I lay still to watch him play.

 

LADYBUG

 

The
little red ladybug climbed up the tall stem-up

Up, up, up, up to he top then,

Pop! Snapped the stem

And the little red lady bug climbed right
down again

 

RABBIT

 

All
kinds of rabbits

Have different habits

The little ines jump,

The big ones go thump

 

OLD
LION

 

The
wise old lion roared out one day

That he certainly didn’t like the way

Everyone said he was fierce and wild

When he really was most kind and mild.

He went on to say that he didn’t care

That people all over and everywhere

Called him names that were simply not
true

Why, he’s never think of eating you.

 

 

RAGGEDY
CAT

 

One day I met a raggedy cat,

He wore a tattered coat and a brimless
hat,

His shoes had no toes,

He had spots on his nose,

His trousers were patched,

His face was scratched

He wore a big bandage on one front paw,

And he looked most ferocious for he stuck
out his jaw.

So I stepped to one side to let him go
by,

But he stopped me and looked me straight
in the eye.

“Good Morning ,” he said in the sweetest
voice,

“Don’t mind my looks for I haven’t a
choice.

I’m an alley cat, and you must know

That an alley cat is a raggedy cat.”

 

MONKEY

A
mischievous monkey swung by his tail

And held a pink umbrella over his head,

Whilst he filled to the brim a little red
pail

And chattered and laughed and finally
said,

“Oh, I have a pail full of wonderful
stuff—

Dates, figs, pennies, nuts, and a soft
seal muff—

And I’ll give them to you if you’ll just
climb this tree.

And hang by your tail and swing with me.

 

PORPOISE

 

There once was a porpoise,

A fine
funny fish. Who said, “Do let us, all of us

Eat from a dish. So we and the porpoise

Sat down at the table

And ate up everything-or all we were
able.

 

I LIKE

 

I like puppies for they’re lots of fun.

I like kittens that play and run.

I like boats that sail out to sea.

I like airplanes that go high as can be.

I like elephants grey and tall.

I like baby lions soft and small.

I like big tigers that snarl and roar.

But I like boys and girls much, much
more.

 

POLAR BEAR

 

A little white polar bear

Sat on the ice

And said to himself, “It would be so nice

To go floating away

And find someone who’d say,

“I’d like to play

With bear on ice,

It would be so nice. We’d play with a
ball.

That’s the most fun of all.”

 

CAMEL

 

A camel sat down on a dainty gilt chair,

I really don’t know how he came to be
there,

But I think he just wanted to join in the
fun

Of drinking hot cocoa and eating a bun.

 

KITTEN”S SHADOW

 

My kitten met his shadow on the floor.

His growl was like a small lion’s roar

As he mumped and pounced, then ran to
hide,

With his fur on end and his eyes open
wide.

He wiggled and waggled and he jumps once
more.

And his shadow met him again on the
floor.

 

WORM

 

I’d like to be a worm

And squirm

In nice soft dirt,

And not have to worry

Or ever be sorry

Of getting mud on my nice clean shirt.

 

THE TOAD AND FLY

 

A thin little toad and big fat fly

Looked at eachother eye to eye.

“I’ll catch you and eat you, ” the thin
toad said.

“No you won’t ,” said the fly and flew
over his head.

 

GOAT

 

Did you ever pat a baby goat

And learn how soft he feels?

Did you ever watch him walk about

On his four little black high heels?

 

DUCKS

 

It’s lots and lots of fun I think,

To watch a small duck take a drink

For he swims along like a boat in a sail

Then suddenly, There’s just his tail.

 

SQUIRREL

 

I went to the park one day to play,

The politest one there, I really must say

Was a grey furry squirrel who came over
to see

If I’d brought any peanuts along with me.

He didnt cry or beg or scamper or dart

But politely said with one paw on his heart

As if to ask, “Please, please, may I not
eat.

Just one of your peanuts, it would be
such a treat.”

 

CATERPILLAR

A fuzzy fuzzy caterpillar sat down to
rest.

He took off his coat and unbuttoned his
vest.

He unlaced his shoes and wriggled his
toes,

And took out his handkerchief and dabbed
at his nose.

He sighed a deep sigh and took off his
cap,

And stretched out comfortably and had a
nice nap.

BEARS

Lots of times bears

         Come
in pairs

                  It’s
twice as much fun

                           To
watch two bears as one.

 

KITTENS

Baby kittens are soft as silk

And like to play and drink their milk.

 

TURTLES

 

I think turtles are funny things,

They have everything but wings,

On top there’s a shell,

Underneath as well

They’re round like eggs

They’ve four short legs

A pointed tail and a hard square head.

And when its time to go to bed

They just pull

In these things and tuck them in tight

And have pleasant dreams all through the
night.

 

WOODCHUCK

 

In a field one day I found a big hole

It was far too deep for a rabbit or mole

So I got right down and looked way inside

What I found down there made my eyes open
wide

For a fine fury woodchuck looked  back at me

And whistled and whistled and came out to
see

Just what I wanted and why. Then he said,

Really, how thoughtless to get sleepy
people out of bed.

 

 

 

 

CHIPMUNK

 

One cool autumn evening I heard a
chipmunk say,

“I’m tired, Ive been storing nuts all
day.

But now I’ve enough to last me till
spring,

I’m tired, so I’ll just lie down in my
swing.”

 

BEAVER

 

A sad fat beaver sat down on his bed

And sadly shook his little head.

“I wonder if it really pays, to work so
hard for days and days,

To build a lovely house like mine

With windows just so clean they shine,

And pretty rugs upon my floor,

And a big brass bell beside my door.

Which no one ever rings to say,

“Good Morning Beaver, are you well today?

But as the beaver shed a tear,

He stopped, a noise came to his ear.

It was his doorbell ringing clear.

So he smoother his tail and dried his
tear,

And ran to see who was at his door.

Perhaps one guest, maybe more.

He threw open his door and outside his
house,

Stood a beautiful, well-dressed small
field mouse.

“Good morning Beaver, are you well today?”

“Thank you,” cried the Beaver, “Indeed, I
must say,
Ive never felt better. Have you come to stay?”

“If I may, if I’m not in the way,” said
the little mouse.

As 
he peeped in the house.

“do please, come into the parlor and have
some tea,

“And if you wish, “said the Beaver, ”
stay and live with me.”

That is just what happened, and now in
the house

Lived a fat happy beaver and a happier
mouse.

 

 

 

KATYDID

 

Your coat is blue

Your hat is too,

I think that’s silly but I’m not sure you
do.

Green is my color from head to toe,

For I’m a katydid if you must know.

 

BUNNY

 

A baby bunny

 is
sweet and funny

 

COLT

 

A new little colt is awfully sweet,

He has four long legs and four short feet

And a small round body with soft, soft
hair

And his brown eyes and ears up in the air

And a nose like smooth velevet and soft
little neigh

As he kicks up his heals and prances
away/

 

KITTENS

 

Two little kittens side by side,

One seemed to smile, the other cried

I asked myself why, but I couldn’t decide

Unless both could have smiled but only
one tried..

 

 

 

 

 

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