it’s international poetry month and today, april 17, is the first international poem in your pocket day. (to find out more about poem in your pocket day click the pocket.)
the poem i have in my pocket is smart by shel silverstein. s8 recited this poem when he was s6 and in second grade. he was so very proud of it and so very cute – i smile every time i think of it. so read and enjoy. and feel free to share you favorite poems, too! leave them in the comment section or let me know if you’ve added one to your blog.
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 them, 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!