NYS \AI aterways Project Child Poets Supplement to December, 1979
The following poems are from Class 3-308, PS 41 Manhattan. It is the Fourth book of poems we have published from child poets attending the Greenwich Village School. Children from Class 3-308 were among the readers presenting their poetry to listeners at the December 13, Day of P.oetry at NYU Loeb student Center.
This chapbook has been printed in .a .limi ted edition of 125 copies.
Serie~ Editors: Barbara Fisher Richard Alan Spiegel
© 1979 .Ten Penny Players, Inc. 799 Greenwich street, NY NY 10014 ISBN 0-934830-17-7
I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Michael Ruskin
Unicorn~ Unicorn! Where did you get
Ahd why is it there?
Is it on your forehead or in your hair?
Unicorn~ Unicorn~ Where do you live?
Do you live on a cloud?
Or do you live where it's loud?
Where can I find you?
Do you eat food that's good?
Do you have a car with a broken hood?
Unicorn! Unicorn! Do you know who
I am a man that can't do a thing. Will you come and help me?
Will you teach me to sing? People say I'm dumb~
People say I'm glue! But I
don't care what they say. I'll always love you!
Garance Ruta Hamster~ Hamster~ Where are you? Are you under something too?
What made your coat that color? What made you all together? I think I know what made you little hamsteu. Nature made you little hamster.
You pouch things little hamster like a little vacuum cleaner. I love you little hamster. I love you very much. How did you get those apple seed eyes? Oh little hamster where are you? Little hamster come home to me.
Hamster~ Hamster~ Why did you die? I died of old age that's why I died.
I was five years old and very tired.
Hamster~ Hamster! Where are you? . Are you under something too?
What made your coat that color? Nature made you little hamster.
WHEN I SPOKE TO A LION
Oh lion, lion, what do you eat?
aow do you eat? How did you come here? Who made you? A God,
a spirit, a human? Who~ Who~ Who made you?
How come your eyes look at me very ferocious.
Who made you?
How do you smell? Bad. Good. How~
does your family look, smell, how, how. Do you ever get sick. Do you! Do you~ Are you the strongest thing on earth~ And of them all.
Are you! Are you!
Can you run? I can. Can you~ Can you! Are you gay in terms of happy. Are you gay ~ Are you! .
Can you play' I ask you. Listen. Listen ~
to me I say! }I
Are you happy are you' sad are you are you!
THE BIRD WHO SMOKED Teisha Smith
There once was a bird who smoked. He almost choked then we asked some questions.
Like who made you? How come you have feathers?
How did you get here? Will you be my friend?
So then he became my friend. And we liked each other.
So when my bird comes we sing on and on and on
The beat don't stop till the break of dawn ..
Anybody He is a So does Nobody.
want a bird. cloud. anybody want
A MOUSE AND A SPIRIT
One day a mouse stopped by a tree. A squirrel climbed down and said, 'Look at me!
The mouse wanted to be his friend. Squirrel thought his name was Len. The spirit said, ., Play with him.' They climbed up squirrel's tree and had cookies and a cup of tea.
Toad, how come we get warts when we feel you?
And toad who made you?
Toad why are you slimy
green? Do you really need listerine? How do you hop so high?
Could you reach the sky?
lid really like to know, why do you· hige in mud?
Why do you corne at night, but not at day?
Toad, toad, can you· tell
me the answers to my questions? Tell me later, I have to go.