Mar 8, 2009

stranger things have happened. as usual.

for whatever reason, i am remembering, fondly, a poetry reading my school held back when i was in 6th grade.

and for those of you keeping track, that was approximately 36 years ago.


so - here it is. the poem i had to memorize and recite. i couldn't remember all of it, so i had to resort to Google...but i'm not ashamed.

come on, it was 36 summers and springs ago.

Every Time I Climb a Tree

Every time I climb a tree
Every time I climb a tree
Every time I climb a tree
I scrape a leg
Or skin a knee
And every time I climb a tree
I find some ants
Or dodge a bee
And get the ants
All over me.

And every time I climb a tree
Where have you been?
They say to me
But don't they know that I am free
Every time I climb a tree?

I like it best
To spot a nest
That has an egg
Or maybe three.

And then I skin
The other leg
But every time I climb a tree
I see a lot of things to see
Swallows rooftops and TV
And all the fields and farms there be
Every time I climb a tree
Though climbing may be good for ants
It isn't awfully good for pants
But still it's pretty good for me
Every time I climb a tree

by David McCord


Dapoppins said...

for some reason...this poem memorizing seems to be important for children to do.


How has knowing this poem helped your life?

Even something like Keats...or Browning...or such.

I mean...if it is just for memorization sake...isn't marry had a little lamb enough?

Melissa said...

I can still remembers snippets of the poems I had to memorize - Oh Captain, My Captain, Jabberwocky, and The Ride of Paul Revere. I don't quite understand the value of the memorization, and in most cases, everyone in class had to recite in order - so obviously, the last kid in class had a distinct advantage over the first.