March 13, 2006

Poetry festival selections I

With the local poetry festival a week from today, I thought I'd put up the kids' selections, starting with Davy's. The A.A. Milne poem, from When We Were Very Young, is one of the official festival selections for Narrative/Dramatic Poetry Solos for ages five and under; the other is his own choice for Canadian Poetry Solo.

by A.A. Milne (from When We Were Very Young)

Has anybody seen my mouse?

I opened his box for half a minute,
Just to make sure he was really in it,
And while I was looking, he jumped outside!
I tried to catch him, I tried, I tried...
I think he's somewhere about the house.
Has anyone seen my mouse?

Uncle John, have you seen my mouse?

Just a small sort of mouse, a dear little brown one,
He came from the country, he wasn't a town one,
So he'll fell all lonely in a London Street;
Why, what could he possibly find to eat?

He must be somewhere. I'll ask Aunt Rose:
Have you seen a mouse with a woffelly nose?
Oh, somewhere about --
He's just got out...

Hasn't anybody seen my mouse?

Dimpleton the Simpleton
by Dennis Lee (from The Ice Cream Store)

Dimpleton the simpleton,
Went out to milk a cow,
Dimpleton the simpleton
Could not remember how.

He pumped the tail, both high and low,
To make the milk come out;
The cow went MOO, the bucket flew,
And smacked him on the snout!

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