Poetry & Verse


(Nathan Smith) #21

Silverstein is clever. I like his Crocodile’s Toothache:

The Crocodile
Went to the dentist
And sat down in the chair,
And the dentist said, “Now tell me, sir,
Why does it hurt and where?”
And the Crocodile said, “I’ll tell you the truth,
I have a terrible ache in my tooth,”
And he opened his jaws so wide, so wide,
The the dentist, he climbed right inside,
And the dentist laughed, “Oh isn’t this fun?”
As he pulled the teeth out, one by one.
And the Crocodile cried, “You’re hurting me so!
Please put down your pliers and let me go.”
But the dentist laughed with a Ho Ho Ho,
And he said, “I still have twelve to go-
Oops, that’s the wrong one, I confess,
But what’s one crocodile’s tooth more or less?”

Then suddenly, the jaws went SNAP,
And the dentist was gone, right off the map,
And where he went one could only guess…
To North or South or East or West…
He left no forwarding address.
But what’s one dentist, more or less?


(Jeremy Vander Galien) #22

There is a two-part series for those interested:


(Jeremy Vander Galien) #23

Any recommendations on where to start with mannish and edifying poetry (beyond the Psalms)? Who do you speak highly of?


(Heather Ummel) #24

If you have children, read poetry to them and then you can start with poets that are easier to understand and not feel silly about it. My favorite with kids, having been quoted And read to us throughout my childhood, is a a Milne. One of my other favorites is James Whitcomb Riley.


(Nathan Smith) #25

Well it’s the blind leading the blind here… I would say Kipling, Tennyson, Browning and Longfellow. I just like Longfellow. And GKC has some poetry that I read here and there and liked as well.


(Paul Ojanen) #26

Shel Silverstein was my only childhood exposure to poetry. It was good for me; but, **unsupervised **, I only memorized and too often recited one poem, one very disrespectful to my younger sister. I should call her and apologize.


(Kelly) #27

Here’s another good one, very evocative and perfect for reading aloud: