Poem of the Day – Shel Silverstein – Where the Sidewalk Ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

I chose this poem because I thought this poem was quite strong, its very short and to the point. There is a clear beginning, middle and end, sometimes with other poems this gets lost with the vast amount of paragraphs. Shel Silverstein retains with well, this poem is quite sober in a way, I almost feel its like she has this idea of where she wants to be but she isn’t there yet.

Poem of the Day – Jesse Parent – To the Boys Who One Day Date My Daughter

This poem was sent to me by a good friend of mine and I really please she did. I love the concept of this poem! It’s comedic and serious which I think is a great balance. The topic matter is something parents everywhere can relate to! A serious warning wrapped with sincerity, I think it’s a really touching piece.

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Poem of the Day – Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
Its one thing to describe something you’ve seen, but its talent to bring something you’ve created to life. This creepy creature that Lewis Carroll brings to life is freaky, scary and almost alien. I absolutely love this poem its one of my all time favourites, this reminds me of my childhood. I think most people can remember hearing this in their English class as a child, as their teacher read this poem with character and emphasis. Its memorable, slightly dark and wacky for its time. This poem is truly a magnificent piece that people of a variety of ages can treasure.

Poem of the Day – Staircase – Andrea Gibson

This is personally one of my favorite poems, Andrea Gibson has a way with words. She pulls you in on her journey, using words in a way I have never come across before. This poem moves fast, within this poem there are separate narratives running throughout it, several emotions, honest emotions.

Gibson’s poems almost always involve her, she lays herself bare and I think that is brave. Which is maybe why I admire her so much. This poem builds such a clear image, I personally can see this poem play like a film in my mind. I think this is because Gibson’s voice is strong and carries each sentence like the last, filled with emotion and compassion.The accompany music fits perfectly, rounding it all off nicely. I truly adore this poem.

Poem of the Day – Depression by Rage Almighty

 

I choose this poem to be Poem of the Day because I think it is very powerful, the subject matter itself is very deep and not always addressed so honestly. It’s hard hitting, something people can relate to if they have experienced having depression or even knowing someone who suffers from depression. Rage Almighty has also incorporated a video matching up to the content of his poem, which not only engages viewers but puts depression into perspective.