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
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.
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.
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."
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 is one of my favorites!!
The Reason I like Chocolate
The reason I like 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
and I like books
for all those reasons
but mostly 'cause they just make me
and I really like
to be happy
THIS ONE IS FOR ALL MY PANTHERS!!
I can thing
high or low
fast or slow