Roses are Red

blackoutpoetry2Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

(Oh, no. Not a poem.)

I’ve written this blog.

Just for you.

(*head desk*)


April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, I’m going to share with you a few silly poems from our mass collection of poetry. The first and silliest poet that comes to mind is Shel Silverstein. This Chicago native began writing when he was very young and although he was also performer and a recording artist, he is best known for his silly poems for children. Here is my favorite.


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 bird –

But if you’re a worm, sleep late.


Sometimes you can take an old rhyme to surprising places like the book Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty? by David T. Greenberg.


There Was an Old Woman

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe;

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread,

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Did things work out for that mom and her kids?

Sadly, the answer is no, ma’am,

For a giant stuck his foot in the shoe

And now they’re all in a toe jam.


blackoutpoetry1Feeling poetic? Visit one of our library branches all through the month of April to create your own Black Out Poetry. The best poems will be posted anonymously on our Teen blog. If you need a little inspiration check out these books on poetry or visit the American and English Literature Collection database to search for your favorite poem.

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