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Favorite Poems (let's collect some)

 
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:29 AM
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Favorite Poems (let\'s collect some)

I'll start (of course)!



How Did You Die?
Edmund Vance Cook
1866-1932)


Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a troubleís a ton, or a troubleís an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it.
And it isnít the fact that youíre hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?


You are beaten to earth? Well, well, whatís that?
Come up with a smiling face.
Itís nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there -- thatís disgrace.
The harder youíre thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isnít the fact that youíre licked that counts;
Itís how did you fight and why?


And though you be done to death, what then?
If you battled the best you could;
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether heís slow or spry,
It isnít the fact that youíre dead that counts,
But only, how did you die?
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:06 AM
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Re: Favorite Poems (let\'s collect some)

Dave,
You and I are working at slightly different levels...
I am going to a Dora the Explorer concert this afternoon with my 2 1/2 year old grand daughter - she is the big influence in my life right now. Here is one of our current fav's, although the alphabet and counting to ten is right up there. She also likes, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" but doesn't have all of the verses yet...

The eeensy, weeensy spider
Went up the water spout...
Down came the rain,
And washed the spider out!!

Up came the sun,
And dried up all the rain
And the eensy, weensy spider
Went up the spout again!!

There are hand and body movements for the above but I don't have them mastered yet - she is teaching me tho [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:31 AM
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Re: Favorite Poems (let\'s collect some)

Ian

How about Shel Silverstein's

"Fleas"

Adam
Had 'em
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:35 AM
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Dave,
That is about my speed, Thanks, I like it!
ian
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:03 AM
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My Favorite previously posted - Robert Frost The Road Not Taken

Best tree hugging poem

Best Opening verse - The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
" 'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more."
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:09 AM
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One of my motivators:
"And nothing to look backward on with pride,
And nothing to look forward to with hope."
-Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man

With my children and now my grand children:

I looked out the window and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricote tree!

Spring had brought me a nice supprise,
Popcorn popping right before my eyes!

I could take an armful and maka treat
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet

an on an on.....

W/the hand motions its a fun one.....
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Old 06-22-2006, 12:18 PM
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I'm not a pheasant plucker
I'm a pheasant plucker's son
I'm only plucking pheasants
till the pheasant plucking done.


as i awoke this morning
the room was calm and still
there was a little Robin
upon my window sill
it sang so sweetly
as i climbed from off my bed
and then i closed the window
and crushed its flaming head.
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