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Parvani's July Poem Recommendations

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Everybody always needs good poems! We have selected some poems that we think are good enough to please you.

This month's recommendations:

  • "Early Bird" by Shel Silverstein

Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird And catch the worm for your breakfast plate. If you’re a bird, be an early early bird-- But if you’re a worm, sleep late.

  • "The Fly" by Ogden Nash

God in his wisdom made the fly

And then forgot to tell us why.

  • "Valentine for Ernest Mann" by Naomi Shihab Nye

You can’t order a poem like you order a taco. Walk up to the counter, say, “I’ll take two” and expect it to be handed back to you on a shiny plate.

Still, I like your spirit. Anyone who says, “Here’s my address, write me a poem,” deserves something in reply. So I’ll tell a secret instead: poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes, they are sleeping. They are the shadows drifting across our ceilings the moment  before we wake up. What we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them.

Once I knew a man who gave his wife two skunks for a valentine. He couldn’t understand why she was crying. “I thought they had such beautiful eyes.” And he was serious. He was a serious man who lived in a serious way. Nothing was ugly just because the world said so. He really liked those skunks. So, he re-invented them as valentines and they became beautiful. At least, to him. And the poems that had been hiding in the eyes of skunks for centuries  crawled out and curled up at his feet.

Maybe if we re-invent whatever our lives give us we find poems. Check your garage, the odd sock in your drawer, the person you almost like, but not quite. And let me know.

Craving for more poems? Go to Shel Silverstein's website today!

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