May 2nd, 2017
The beauty of the poem “Fog” by Carl Sandburg lies in its simplicity. You can read the poem below and listen along with the recording… MP3 of Carl Sandburg’s Poem Fog Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. ***** Read by […]
March 30th, 2017
Here’s a sweet little poem entitled, “A Fairy Artist” by C.C. Long, with an mp3 recording by Abby… MP3 of The Fairy Artist The Fairy Artist Oh, there is a little artist Who paints in the cold night hours Pictures for little children Of wondrous trees and flowers! Pictures of snow-white mountains Touching the snow-white […]
September 11th, 2016
The Fog was written by Lola Ridge (1883 – 1941), an Irish-American poet. You can listen to two recitations of the poem below and read along with the text… The Fog – 1st Recording The Fog – 2nd Recording The Fog By Lola Ridge Out of the lamp-bestarred and clouded dusk - Snaring, illuding, concealing, […]
December 8th, 2015
An den Winter is a German poem about winter by Elisabeth Kulmann (1808-1825). She wrote more than 1,000 poems before she died at age 17. This lovely poem evokes the feeling of the season. Below, you can listen to the poem in the original German and read along with the text and an English translation… MP3 […]
September 28th, 2015
Merry Autumn is a poem written by American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906). His parents were slaves in Kentucky before the Civil War. He grew up in Ohio and was born in Dayton in 1872. The poem Merry Autumn talks about how silly it is to tie the symbolism of death with autumn. […]
March 11th, 2015
The poem Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) seems to perfectly reflect the weather in New York right now. Below you can listen to an mp3 recording, while reading along with the poem. MP3 Recording of Winter’s Turning Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell Snow is still on the ground, But there is a […]
February 25th, 2014
"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 snow, Blowing, […]
May 17th, 2013
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 […]
May 13th, 2013
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 away slow. White sheep, white sheep, Where do you go?
March 21st, 2013
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, Sweeping up the winter’s snow, Freezing, pleasing, teasing unceasing. So do the March winds blow.
February 9th, 2013
Snow is in the air! Here’s a poem called, "Snow in the Suburbs" by Thomas Hardy with an mp3 recording. Enjoy! Mama Lisa MP3 of Snow in the Suburbs Snow in the Suburbs Every branch big with it, Bent every twig with it; Every fork like a white web-foot; Every street and pavement mute: Some […]
December 10th, 2012
Here’s a poem about a wandering snowflake… MP3 Recording of Whenever a Snowflake Whenever A Snowflake Leaves the Sky When e’er a snowflake leaves the sky It turns and turns, to say good-bye. Good-bye, dear clouds, so cool and gray. Then turns and hastens on its way. But when a snowflake finds a tree Good-day, […]
"Little Snowflake" is a poem about Christmas by Hannah More Kahaus (1745-1833). You can listen to an mp3 recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 of Little Snowflake Little Snowflake Little snow-flake, soft and white, Drops down in the silent night ; Soft she came with steady poise, Making not a […]
December 9th, 2012
Advent is a poem about Christmas by Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). Here you can listen to an mp3 of the original poem in German while reading along with the text. After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Advent Advent Es treibt der Wind im Winterwalde die Flockenherde wie ein Hirt […]
January 20th, 2012
Here’s the poem "Windy Nights" by Robert Louis Stevenson with a recording and illustrations… MP3 Recording of Windy Nights Windy Nights By Robert Louis Stevenson Whenever the moon and stars are set, Whenever the wind is high, All night long in the dark and wet, A man goes riding by. Late in the night when […]
January 5th, 2012
Here’s the Dutch poem Winterstilte (Winter Silence) by Guido Gezelle who lived from 1830 to 1899. You can listen to the poem in the mp3 recording below and follow along with the Dutch text and then read a loose English translation… MP3 Recording of Winterstilte Winterstilte (Dutch) Een witte spree ligt overal gespreid op ‘s […]
January 3rd, 2012
Here’s a pretty little poem called January’s Garden by A.E.A., with a recording by me. MP3 Recording of January’s Garden January’s Garden All silver-white and silver-clear Are January’s bowers, And there bloom sparkling sprays of ice, And snowflake flowers.
October 19th, 2011
The French poem Matin d’Octobre by François Coppée (1842-1908) is about an early October morning. You’ll find the original French version with an mp3 here and an English translation below it. MP3 Recording of Matin d’Octobre Matin d’Octobre C’est l’heure exquise et matinale Que rougit un soleil soudain. À travers la brume automnale Tombent les […]
October 6th, 2011
Pioggia is an Italian poem about rain by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to a recording, follow along in the original Italian and then read an English translation of the poem. First a note about the illustration, in English we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining very hard. […]
August 24th, 2011
"Le temps a laissé son manteau" is a poem by French poet Charles d’Orléans (1394 – 1465). The title can be translated to English as "The Season Has Cast Off Its Coat". It’s about Winter turning into Spring. Here you can hear the poem, read the original in French and follow along with an English […]
February 21st, 2011
Here’s a pretty little poem by Thoreau. After the poem I gave the meanings of some lesser-known words in the poem. Mist By Henry David Thoreau MP3 Recording of Mist Low-anchored cloud, Newfoundland air, Fountain-head and source of rivers, Dew-cloth, dream-drapery, And napkin spread by fays; Drifting meadow of the air, Where bloom the daisied […]
January 7th, 2011
This poem will turn your mind inside-out! Maybe I felt that way because I was listening to this poem amid a bunch of Wallace Stevens’ other poems. They’re very unique. Older kids and adults will enjoy The Snow Man more than younger kids. You might have to read the poem a couple of times to […]
December 27th, 2010
Here’s a part of a poem about the snow by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. SNOWFLAKES Out of the Bosom of the Air, Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow, Descends the snow. I feel the first verse […]
December 7th, 2010
Listen to Who Loves the Trees Best? Who Loves the Trees Best? By Alice May Douglas Who loves the trees best? “I,” said the spring, “Their leaves so beautiful To them I bring.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” summer said, “I give them blossoms, White, yellow, red.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” said […]
November 8th, 2010
Autumn’s Processional Then step by step walks Autumn, With steady eyes that show Nor grief nor fear, to the death of the year, While the equinoctials blow. by Dinah Maria Mulock Note: Equinoctials here means "A violent storm of wind and rain occurring at or near the time of the equinox."
April 13th, 2010
I recently came across a great poem about the Wind and Moon and soon after found a tale about the same subjects. It seemed fitting to post them together. The poem is called “The Wind and the Moon” by Scotsman, George MacDonald (1824 – 1905)… The Wind and the Moon by George MacDonald Said the […]
December 1st, 2009
Here’s a cool weather poem – no pun intended… Whether the Weather Whether the weather be fine, Or whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Or whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not. -Anonymous If anyone would like to read this […]
November 5th, 2007
Here’s a poem about the Fall that I thought you might enjoy: Autumn by Emily Dickinson The morns are meeker than they were, The nuts are getting brown; The berry’s cheek is plumper, The rose is out of town. The maple wears a gayer scarf, The field a scarlet gown. Lest I should be old-fashioned, […]
March 22nd, 2007
Here’s a poem from an anonymous author of an old book called The Infant’s Delight: Poetry. It’s about a little girl who goes out on a windy day in March with her beautiful new parasol, even though her mother tells her not to. Uh-oh! (A parasol is a fancy umbrella, carried to block the sun.) […]
March 19th, 2006
I asked Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français, if she could recommend any well-known French songs or poems about the Spring. She wrote: Here is a poem we often teach the students, called Le Printemps by Théophile Gautier (1811 – 1872)… MP3 of Le Printemps Le Printemps par Théophile Gautier Regardez les branches Comme […]
January 15th, 2006
The rain turned into snow last night. The land is a beautiful velvety white. Here’s a poem about the snow by Elinor Wylie… Velvet Shoes Let us walk in the white snow In a soundless space; With footsteps quiet and slow, At a tranquil pace, Under veils of white lace. I shall go shod in […]
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