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In the Spring, people in Japan traditionally view the cherry blossoms and picnic under the trees.  This is called Hanami.  When people view the blossoms by night, it’s called Yozakura.  At this time of year it can be cool at night so some people bring blankets, warm saki and body warmers.  Sadao sent me the...
Tamela wrote asking for help with a Danish poem her father recited.  Here’s her email: Hi, I am wondering if you can help me at all.  I am searching for the full words to an old Scandinavian children’s poem that my Danish father used to tell us. It is about three children, girls, on one farm meeting...
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I love Japanese haikus!  Here’s a haiku poem I came across while working on a song about Mt. Fuji. The poem was written by Kobayashi Issa in the Edo period… 蝸牛 そろそろ登れ 富士の山 English Translation: O snail, Climb Mt. Fuji, But slowly, slowly! Pronunciation: Katatsumuri Soro soro nobore Fuji no yama I think these prints by Utagawa Hiroshige go nicely...
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"Snow Song" is a lovely poem by Sara Teasdale.  You can read the poem and listen to two different recordings of it below – one is sung, the other recited.   MP3 Recording of Snow Song – Sung  MP3 Recording of Snow Song – Recited  Snow Song By Sara Teasdale Fairy snow, fairy...
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Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to post this little love poem called "A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley.  You can listen to a recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 Recording of A Scrawl A Scrawl By James Whitcomb Riley   I want to sing something–...
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Here’s a poem called "A Boy’s Song" by Scottish poet, James Hogg, with a fun musical recording by Ezwa. Recording of A Boy’s Song A Boy’s Song By James Hogg   Where the pools are bright and deep,            Where the grey trout lies asleep,       Up the river and over the lea, That’s the way...
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The poem "Mr. Moon: A Song for Little People" is about a fairy ring calling the moon to come down.  It was written by Bliss Carmen.  You can listen to the recording and read along with the poem below… MP3 of Mr. Moon Mr. Moon: A Song of the Little People ...
This week our kids went back to school where I live.  Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come.  My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop.  The poem...
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Here’s the poem The Gossamer Spider by Charlotte M. Yonge with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Gossamer Spider The Gossamer Spider   Creature no bigger than a pin, Most wonderful of all that spin, An acrobatic fairy. Nay, what rope dancer from himself Can draw his lines, like this...
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Pear Tree is a poem by Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961).  Below you can listen to a recording while reading along with the text. MP3 Recording of Pear Tree Pear Tree   Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than my arms can reach, you have mounted. O silver, higher than my arms can reach you front us with great mass;...
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The Hindi poem "Duniya goal hai" is a fun rhyme about round things!  You can listen to a Hindi recording of the poem below and read along with the original Hindi text, followed by the pronunciation and an English translation.  MP3 Recording of Duniya goal hai दुनिया गोल है दुनिया गोल है ...
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Here’s the French poem Le Thé (Tea) by Théodore de Banville with an mp3 recording.  After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Le Thé Le Thé Miss Ellen, versez-moi le Thé Dans la belle tasse chinoise, Où des poissons d’or cherchent noise ...
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Here’s a lovely poem about The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson with a couple of mp3 renditions. MP3 of The Wind 2nd MP3 of The Wind The Wind   I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies’ skirts across the grass– O wind, a-blowing all day long, O wind,...
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Here’s a little poem about clouds by Christina Rossetti. MP3 of the Poem "Clouds" Clouds by Christina Rossetti White sheep, white sheep, On a blue hill, When the wind stops You all stand still When the wind blows You walk...
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MP3 of Hope is the thing with feathers "Hope" is the thing with feathers By Emily Dickinson "Hope" is the thing with feathers- That perches in the soul- And sings the tune without the words- And never stops-at all- And sweetest-in the Gale-is heard- ...
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A poem about March… The Stormy Cold March Days Ho! for the stormy cold March days, Aye! There is nothing like them. Loud let us shout and sing their praise March is so proud and free. Snowy, blowy, wheezy, breezy, ...
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The leprechaun is a fairy shoemaker eagerly sought by people who like to get rich quick. If the mortal who meets him will only keep his eyes fixed upon the fairy, the little chap will have to disclose the hiding place of a certain crock of gold. But the leprechaun is so full of tricks...
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The leprechaun is one of the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a poem about the leprechaun for the holiday… The Leprechaun,—the omadhaun*!—that lives in County Clare, Is one foot wide and three foot high without an inch to spare. He winks the sea-blue eye of him, like other saucy rogues, And underneath the blackthorn-bush he...
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MP3 of the Poem Old Winter Old Winter By Thomas Noel Old Winter sad and snowy clad, Is making a doleful din; But let him howl till he cracks his jowl, We will not let him in.   Let him gnaw, forsooth, with his freezing tooth, On our roof-tiles, till he...
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Here’s a colorful poem by Emily Dickinson with an mp3 recording… MP3 of She sweeps with many-colored Brooms She sweeps with many-colored Brooms   She sweeps with many-colored Brooms– And leaves the Shreds behind– Oh Housewife in the Evening West– Come back, and dust the Pond! You dropped a Purple Ravelling in– You dropped an Amber thread– And now...
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