Silent Poetry Reading

For the last few years bloggers out there have been doing the Silent Poetry Reading in honour of St. Brigid, patron saint of poetry, on February 2nd, and every year I forget about it until it is too late. I am all too distracted by the Groundhog Day association (apparently 3 of the key North American groundhogs all predict a longer winter, so I guess that settles that). But this year, I have remembered, ta da!

The first poetry I was ever exposed to came from children’s books, of the Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milne variety, but there was also Shel Silverstein. I still have several of his humorous ones memorized, and still think they’re brilliant. I’ve been having trouble choosing one, but in the end – short and sweet is always good on a Monday, yes?

Early Bird

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.

(From ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’, 1974)

Get out there and catch the worm, my friends. (Or sleep late).


  1. mariajhmom · ·

    My kids love Shel Silverstein!!! That book has made the rounds at our house! Thanks for reminding me!

  2. Oh how cute. And just my level of poetry too.

  3. I recited that to my freshman Bio teacher in high school once, in frustration at how chipper he was at 7.40 am. He laughed so loud another teacher came in the room to see what was going on. True story.

  4. I love that:)
    I think there are a quite a lot of us already uploaded our poetry this year

  5. I love Shel Silverstein too. I have a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends among the books I inherited from my mother’s classroom that I am saving for my own children, should I ever manage to have any.
    I posted my entry for St. Brigid’s a little while ago, it’s not quite as to-the-point as yours though!

  6. 3 of the key north american groundhogs- I love it!! It’s as though there is an entire cabinet of groundhogs deciding the fate of our season. I wonder what the other key groundhogs said. πŸ˜‰

  7. Elizabeth L in Apex, NC · ·

    I adore Shel Silverstein! Are you also a fan of his book, “Uncle Shelby’s A-B-Zs”? My favorite line is “Poor, poor daddy…” (Please note that we did wait until our first son was nine or so before we read it to him. We didn’t want him getting ideas.)

  8. That’s great! πŸ™‚

  9. My beard grows to my toes.
    I never wears no clothes.
    I wraps my hair around my bare,
    And down the road I goes.
    -SS in WTSE

    I got Where the Sidewalk Ends for my “big 10” from my Great Aunt Mimi. My daughter is about to celebrate her double-digits, and loves reading it. Check out his posthumous “Runny Babbit” for practice listening to the Capitol Steps “Lirty Dies” Thank you for this bit-o-Silverstein-y Love!

  10. Fabulous. A great addition to the mighty web of poetry that has been spun!

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