March 17th, 2016
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Learn some Irish Songs on Mama Lisa’s World! Learn Irish Sayings, Recipes and Poems on Mama Lisa’s Blog. Here’s an Irish blessing to keep you out of trouble today (lol): May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. -Irish Blessing Enjoy! Mama Lisa
March 16th, 2013
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 […]
January 26th, 2011
Calaveras literally means "skulls". Calaveras are poems recited for the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day) in Mexico. They’re satirical poems that poke fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive. Often the people being satirized are politicians and other people in power or in the public eye. […]
December 31st, 2010
I found this shortened version of the New Years poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Tennyson in a children’s book. The shortened version is nice and short and concise… RING OUT, WILD BELLS Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring […]
December 28th, 2010
Here’s a poem called The New Year. It’s part of a play for kids about the months by Marion D. Paine. The New Year Snow-wrapped and holly-decked it comes, To richest and to poorest homes. Twelve jeweled months all set with days Of priceless opportunities. A silver moon, a golden sun, With diamond stars when […]
November 1st, 2010
The Ghosts’ High Noon is a ballad written by W.S. Gilbert, with the tune created by Arthur Sullivan. It’s from Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera called Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse. Below you’ll find different renditions of the song. Sometimes it’s sung as a ballad, other times it’s read as a poem. Listen to The […]
October 10th, 2010
I’m posting this poem in the knowledge that teens and tweens like to get creeped out for Halloween! MP3 of the Sonnet After Death After Death by Christina Rossetti The curtains were half drawn, the floor was swept And strewn with rushes, rosemary and may Lay thick upon the bed on which I lay, Where […]
October 9th, 2010
Because I Could Not Stop for Death (aka Death) by Emily Dickinson is a great poem for Halloween. Here you can read it and hear two different recordings… MP3 of Because I Could Not Stop for Death #1 Read by Claire Leong MP3 of Because I Could Not Stop for Death #2 Read by Anita […]
May 22nd, 2009
MEMORIAL FLOWERS. By M. M. Blue violets open their saintly eyes, Red columbines bend and sway, White star-flowers twinkle in beds of moss, And, blooming, they seem to say, “We bring you the red and the white and the blue To welcome Memorial-day.” So gather them, children, at earliest dawn, While yet they are fresh […]
April 3rd, 2009
Yesterday, I posted the poem Qingming by the poet Du Mu (803 – 852) that mentions the Qingming Festival (also called Ching Ming). I asked my friend Ray Lee about it. He grew up in Hong Kong and I wanted to hear his impression about the poem and also my translation of it (below). Here’s […]
October 7th, 2008
In my last blog post, I mentioned how Columbus’ voyage is not always seen in a positive light. Earlier in the week, I had posted two poems that were positive towards Columbus (one called In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue and the other, a Spanish poem called To Christopher Columbus). Here’s one that is […]
October 3rd, 2008
Columbus Day is coming up in the United States on October 13th. It celebrates when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12th, 1492. Here is the most popular Columbus Day poem in the US. It’s used to help teach the history of Columbus. IN 1492 In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean […]
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