Poem In Your Pocket Day


My son's 5th grade class is celebrating "Poem In Your Pocket Day" today. And as we were hurriedly picking a Shel Silverstein poem for his wee little pocket this morning, I came across this poem I thought I'd share. Spring still feels a long way off here on the high prairie of central Colorado…but the light is just beginning to change and a flock of Robin's have landed in the cottonwood trees outside my kitchen window. I'm feelin' it, just a whiff of spring. In that spirit I give you my poem for today by Shel Silverstein - 

Forgotton Language

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said, 
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings, 
And shared a conversation with the housefly
                      in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
                      of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying
                      flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers…
                       How did it go?
                       How did it go?

6 Responses to Poem In Your Pocket Day

  1. Paula McNamee says:

    Hi Fran, What a wonderful poem and way of sharing poetry in your son’s classroom. The roses give me spring/summer fever. Paula

  2. Lisa Hoffman says:

    What a perfect little piece of poetry!……and those roses….those roses…….I sense a certain Mr. Meer’s hand involved in those roses….
    for his Valentine…..

  3. stephanie says:

    yes…a glimpse of spring, beautiful poem…

    the image of those pink-ish roses on the black-s…mmmmm

  4. Chris says:

    this makes me happy!

  5. Renee says:

    We were just commenting, as the snow plopped down, it’s almost Spring! We’ve almost made it through winter in Colorado!

  6. eb says:

    love the poem and all the other stuff over here…

    xox – eb.

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