National Poetry Month

In honour of National Poetry Month, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite poems:

Smart

by Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill

’cause I’m his smartest son,

and I swapped it for two shiny quarters

’cause two is more than one.

And then I took the quarters

and traded them to Lou

For three dimes — I guess he don’t know

that three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates

and just ’cause he can’t see

he gave me four nickels for my three dimes,

and four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs

Down at the seed-feed store,

And the fool gave me five pennies for them,

And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,

And he got red in the cheeks

And closed his eyes and shook his head–

too proud of me to speak!

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One thought on “National Poetry Month

  1. Your Poetry celebration lasts a month!? Thiunk our’s is just a week….but focussing on one particular day.

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