“One Boy Told Me”
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Music lives inside my legs.
It’s coming out when I talk.
I’m going to send my valentines
to people you don’t even know.
Oatmeal cookies make my throat gallop.
Grown-ups keep their feet on the ground
when they swing. I hate that.
Read the rest of the poem here.
Children are full of priceless observations. My own boys made their fair share of pronouncements that brought a smile to my face. Nye’s poem made me wish I had written down some of their comments. Ah well, sometimes a picture truly is worth a thousand words.
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9 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: One Boy Told Me”
Just what I needed to start the day. Thanks, Catherine!
What a sweet photo, Catherine! I didn’t write down enough of what my children said when they were young either. And what I did write down, I probably couldn’t find anyway. Sigh… those were some special times though, weren’t they?
It is “hard being a person,” but I think I can cure that with some swimming noodles!
Love all three of the “puppies” in that picture!
Love your picture, Catherine. And the poem is wonderful. I’m starting some more poetry this coming week & will certainly share this one!
Adorable boys and LOVE the poem. Priceless observations indeed!
“Just think—no one has ever seen/
inside this peanut before!” So much excitement and so many fresh observations in that poem 🙂 Terrific photo!
I love, love, love Naomi. I hug her when I see her and she doesn’t really know me. I wish I had known about the poet in my when my girls were young. The things they said were priceless. I need to remember to collect words people say that touch me or make me laugh.
Great poem. I wish I had written down some of the things my Kiddo said when she was young. Thanks for sharing it and the sweet photo.
Catherine, Naomi’s poems are always great. Thanks. I found the book that she signed for me at NCTE so I am going to go through it. her reading of the poem is filled with enthusiasm. Great photo of “the boys.” How sweet!