Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday Teatime Poetry

Today Christian, Grayson, Duncan, and Mei shared their favorite poems with each other.

Christian’s favorite is the first six lines of Puck’s epilogue from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream.

Grayson’s favorite is one of my personal favorites as well- Issa’s Snail-ku. This is the same one that inspired the name of this blog. Here is where I blogged about it.

Duncan’s favorite is The Lizard by John Gardner.

The Lizard
John Gardner

The Lizard is a timid thing
That cannot dance or fly or sing;
He hunts for bugs beneath the floor
And longs to be a dinosaur.

Today Mei shared Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst.

Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog
Judith Viorst

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
She's making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

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