Learn to Read, then Read to Learn
From Kindergarten throughout life.
See Spot run. Run Spot run.
Watch the squirrel scurry up the tree.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breath the same air. We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal." John F. Kennedy
"I Have A Dream" Martin Luther King Jr.
(A speech too profound to give it justice here and should be read personally for the appreciation of it's depth.)
"What matters in life is not the mere
fact that we have lived. It is what difference
we have made in the lives of others" Nelson Mandela (Madiba)
Now in this poem, I'm Chan-ti-cleer
a name the rhymes with *shout and cheer"
I am a rooster, from years gone bye
but from a fox, I did not hide
let not your downfall, be your pride
as in the fable, set it aside.
Around the yard, I puff and strut
bugs galore, though not enough
A morsel here, a tidbit there
I peck and peck, until it's bare
But, I'm still hungry, starved to death
my feathers hanging, from my chest
Some will say I, in-gur-gi-tate
a word that rhymes with, "should not hate"
it only means, I eat too much
as like a pig, I stuff and stuff
For grand proportions, I desire
I eat and eat, and never tire
Worms from dirt, or ants from grass
or bugs that land while flying past
down to my tummy, they will pass
a tasty treat, may be my last
Strength they bring, is ad-sci-ti-tious
a word that rhymes with," they're delicious"
brought from outside, to within
and in this poem, gives me a grin
three new words, perhaps you've learned
but, if not now, it's no concern
just have someone, read you some more
so future reading, you will adore
Submitted for consideration in the RECALL: AGE OF INNOCENCE comp.
**Dedicated to my parents, past teachers, and one true online friend, who opened my eyes to the joys of writing, unshackling my spirit, and letting it soar.