• Memorial Day



    Although our national anthem is usually sung,  it was actually a poem written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key. The poem has four stanzas. Key wrote it after he witnessed the flag still flying after a U.S. fort was bombarded by the enemy. The flag at the time, with it's 15 stars and 15 stripes was known as the Star-Spangled Banner. Take time this week to honor our flag and our country by reading or singing it aloud.


    Star Spangled Banner

    Memorial Day Francis Scott Key


    O say, can you see,  by the dawn's early light,

    What so proudly we hail at the twighlight's last gleaming,

    Whose bright stars and bright stars through the perilous fight

    O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?

    And the rocket's red glare , the bomb bursting in air,

    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

    O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    (original version, with spelling and punctuation as written by the author)



    Welcome to Poetry Place

    I love to read, write and recite poetry. Today's poems are from one of my all time favorite poets, Shel Silverstein.Maybe you can write a poem of your own! Maybe you can draw a picture to go with one of these poems. Email your poems to me. Tell me about your favorite poems or poet.



    If you are a dreamer, come in,

    If you a a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, 

    A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...

    If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire

    For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

    Come in!

    Come in!Mrs. Ricks


    Put Something In

    Draw a crazy picture,

    Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumble song,

    Whistle through your comb.

    Do a loony-goony dance

    'Cross the kitchen floor,

    Put something silly in the world

    That ain't  been there before.


    Homework Machine

    Shel Silverstein


    The Homework Machine, oh the Homework Machine,

    Most perfect contraption that's ever been seen.

    Just put in your homework, then drop a dime, 

    Snap in the switch, and in ten seconds time,

    Your homework comes out, quick and clean as can be.

    Here it is- "nine plus four?" and the answer is "three."


    Oh me...

    I guess it's not as perfect

    As I thought it would be.


    Do you like this poem? If you could invent a machine, what would it be? What would it do? Email and share your ideas with me.


    EARTH DAY is Wednesday 4/23. Can you write a poem celebrating the earth? Send it to me and I will post it!!


    More Shel Silverstein...


    A Light in the Attic


    There's a light in the attic.

    Though the house is dark and shuttered,

    I can see the from' flutter,

    And I know what it's about.

    There's a light in the attic.

    I can see it from the outside,

    And I know you're on the inside...looking out.


    How did he know you were inside????



    Here ichocplate s one of my favorites!!


    The Reason I like Chocolate 


    The reason I like chocolate 

    chocolate is I can lick my fingers

    and nobody tells me I'm not polite                        


    I especially like scary movies

    'cause I can snuggle with my mommy

    or my big sister and they don't laugh


    I like to cry sometimes 'cause

    everybody says "what's the matter

    don't cry


    and I like books

    for all those reasons

    but mostly 'cause they just make me



    and I really like 

    to be happy

                 __Nikki Giovanni




                                            THIS ONE IS FOR ALL MY PANTHERS!!


    I can

    I can

    be anything

    I can

    do anything

    I can thing



    or tall


    high or low



    or narrow

    fast or slow

    Because I


    and I



                                                                                      __Mari Evans