Short English Poems
For Kids

short poems for kids

Let’s Read A Poem- Short Poems For Kids: We all have grown up listening to Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Johnny Johnny, and other poems for kids that have been passed on from generation. And you must have noticed the excitement and delight on a child’s face when they listen to rhymes and musical poems.

To help modern parents bring the joy of literature into their kid’s life, we bring to you this special short podcast “Let’s Read A Poem: Best Short Poems For Kids”. We pick classic short poems for kids and read the selected poem emphasizing different words and phrases to help our young listeners understand its deeper meaning. Enjoy all episodes of “Short English Poems For Kids”.

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Short Poems For Kids

50. Theme in Yellow

Nature has a lot in it which is yellow in color. This poem talks about many such lovely things, especially about the Pumpkin. And he also talks about its importance in the festival of Halloween.

“Theme in Yellow” was written by Carl Sandberg.

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.

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49. A Jelly Fish

This poem talks about this amazing creation of nature, a marine animal called Jelly Fish. 

“A Jelly Fish” was written by Marianne Moore. 

Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent-
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it-
The blue
Surrounding it
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
From you.

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48. A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Beauty is something that gives us immense happiness. For some it can be a human, an object of even nature, Listen and enjoy this poem to understand it .

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever” was written by John Keats. 

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
’Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.

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47. There will come soft rains

Nature has the power to help us, and it also has the strength to wipe out the destruction that humans do. This is a lyrical poem, which tells us a lot about how nature is beautiful as well as strong.

“There will come soft rains” was written by Sara Teasdale. 

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

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46. Eletelephony

Listen in to know how an Elephant, talking on a Telephone, teach us phonics.

“Eletelephony” was written by Laura E Richards. 

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

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45. The Railway Train

We travel by many modes of transport, cars, airplanes etc., but train rides are special. Trains run in their own rhythm and beats, with hooting siren and views like no other travel can give, Listen in to this poem to enjoy this train journey.

“The Railway Train” was written by Emily Dickenson. 

I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties, by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare

To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop–docile and omnipotent–
At its own stable door.

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44. Afternoon on a Hill

Holidays call for going to mountains or beaches. These days, such a vacation is a far cry, but we certainly can enjoy some relaxed time while we listen to this poem

“Afternoon on a hill” was written by Edna St Vincent Millay.

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

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43. The Bean Stalk

Fairy tales are mostly the first stories the children listen to. How amazing if a fairy tale is turned in a poem. “The Bean Stalk” is based on “Jack and the beanstalk” and it tells us about how jack felt while climbing the beanstalk.

“The Bean Stalk” was written by Edna St Vincent Millay.

Ho, Giant! This is I!
I have built me a bean-stalk into your sky!
La,—but it’s lovely, up so high!

This is how I came,—I put
Here my knee, there my foot,
Up and up, from shoot to shoot—
And the blessed bean-stalk thinning
Like the mischief all the time,
Till it took me rocking, spinning,
In a dizzy, sunny circle,
Making angles with the root,
Far and out above the cackle
Of the city I was born in,
Till the little dirty city
In the light so sheer and sunny
Shone as dazzling bright and pretty
As the money that you find
In a dream of finding money—
What a wind! What a morning!—

Till the tiny, shiny city,
When I shot a glance below,
Shaken with a giddy laughter,
Sick and blissfully afraid,
Was a dew-drop on a blade,
And a pair of moments after
Was the whirling guess I made,—
And the wind was like a whip

Cracking past my icy ears,
And my hair stood out behind,
And my eyes were full of tears,
Wide-open and cold,
More tears than they could hold,
The wind was blowing so,
And my teeth were in a row,
Dry and grinning,
And I felt my foot slip,
And I scratched the wind and whined,
And I clutched the stalk and jabbered,
With my eyes shut blind,—
What a wind! What a wind!

Your broad sky, Giant,
Is the shelf of a cupboard;
I make bean-stalks, I’m
A builder, like yourself,
But bean-stalks is my trade,
I couldn’t make a shelf,
Don’t know how they’re made,
Now, a bean-stalk is more pliant—
La, what a climb

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42. A Snowman

“A Snowman” is written by an anonymous poet. 

Oh, the beautiful snow!
We’re all in a glow—
Nell, Dolly, and Willie, and Dan;
For the primest of fun,
When all’s said and done,
Is just making a big snow man.
Two stones for his eyes
Look quite owlishly wise,
A hard pinch of snow for his nose;
Then a mouth that’s as big
As the snout of a pig,
And he’ll want an old pipe, I suppose.
Then the snow man is done,
And to-morrow what fun
To make piles of snow cannon all day,
And to pelt him with balls
Till he totters and falls,
And a thaw comes and melts him away.

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41. The Road Not Taken

“The road not taken” written by Robert Frost talks about how the poet comes across a bifurcation on the road he was traveling, and how he had to choose one of the two roads in front of him, This poem talks about choices a person has to make in life.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
 
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
 
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
 
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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39. The Cat that Walked by Himself

People have dogs and cats as pets. There is a difference in the nature of both these animals. The poet says that how faithful and loyal his dog is, he likes to stay by him all the time, but his cat is the master of her own will.

“The Cat that Walked by Himself” is written by Rudyard Kipling.

Pussy can sit by the fire and sing,
Pussy can climb a tree,
Or play with a silly old cork and string
To ‘muse herself, not me.
But I like Binkie my dog, because
He knows how to behave;
So, Binkie’s the same as the First Friend was,
And I am the Man in Cave!

Pussy will play Man Friday till
It’s time to wet her paw
And make her walk on the window-sill
(For the footprint Crusoe saw)
Then she fluffles her tail and mews,
And scratches and won’t attend.
But Binkie will play whatever I choose,
And he is my true First Friend!

Pussy will rub my knees with her head
Pretending she loves me hard;
But the very minute I go to my bed
Pussy runs out in the yard,
And there she stays till the morning-light;
So I know it is only pretend;
But Binkie, he snores at my feet all night,
And he is my Firstest Friend!

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38. How the Camel Got its Hump

Ever wondered how the Camel got its hump, listen in to know the short poem for kids to find out how you can prevent the hump on your back. “How the camel got its hump” is written by Rudyard Kipling.

The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do.

Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,
If we haven’t enough to do-oo-oo,
We get the hump–
Cameelious hump–
The hump that is black and blue!

We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
And a snarly-yarly voice.
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
At our bath and our boots and our toys;

And there ought to be a corner for me
(And I know there is one for you)
When we get the hump–
Cameelious hump–
The hump that is black and blue!

The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire;

And then you will find that the sun and the wind.
And the Djinn of the Garden too,
Have lifted the hump–
The horrible hump–
The hump that is black and blue!

I get it as well as you-oo-oo–
If I haven’t enough to do-oo-oo–
We all get hump–
Cameelious hump–
Kiddies and grown-ups too!

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37. Monosyllabics

It is one of the  perfect rhyming short poems for kids, which teaches us some phonics as well. “Monosyllabics” is written by Laura E Richards.

The black cat sat
In the fat man’s hat;
“Oh, dear!” the fat man said.
“May the great gray bat
Catch the bad black cat
Who has left me no hat
For my head!”
The big brown bear
Tried to curl his hair
To go to the Fair so gay.
But he looked such a fright
That his aunt took flight,
And he cried till night, they say.
A pale pink pig,
In a large blond wig,
Danced a wild, wild jig
On the lea;
But a rude old goat,
In a sky-blue coat,
Said, “You’re nought but a shoat, tee hee!”
A poor old King
Sold his gay gold ring
For to buy his old wife some cream;
But the cat lapped it up
With a sip and a sup,
And his tears ran down in a stream.
A large red cow
Tried to make a bow,
But did not know how,
They say.
For her legs got mixed,
And her horns got fixed,
And her tail would get
In her way.
A boy named Sam
Had a fat pet ram,
And gave him some jam
For his tea;
But the fat pet ram
Tried to butt poor Sam,
Till he had to turn
And flee.
A girl named Jane
Had a sad, bad pain
In the place where she wore
Her belt;
She mopped and she mowed,
And she screamed aloud,
Just to show the crowd
How she felt.
A sad, thin ape
Bought some wide white tape
To trim a new cape
For his niece;
But a bold buff calf,
With a loud, rude laugh,
Bit off one whole half
For his geese.
A pert, proud hen
Laid an egg, and then
Said “Cluck!” and “cluck!” and
“cluck!”
Said the cock, “Had I known
You would take that tone,
I would have wooed none
But a duck!”

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36. Swing Song

All of us love to Swing. In fact swinging is one of the joys of childhood. Listen in to see what feelings a child has while swinging. “Swing Song” is written by Laura E Richards.

As I swing, as I swing
Here beneath my mother’s wing,
Here beneath my mother’s arm,
Never earthly thing can harm.
Up and down, to and fro,
With a steady sweep I go,
Like a swallow on the wing,
As I swing, as I swing.
As I swing, as I swing,
Honey-bee comes murmuring,
Humming softly in my ear,
“Come away with me, my dear!
In the tiger-lily’s cup
Sweetest honey we will sup.”
Go away, you velvet thing!
I must swing! I must swing!
As I swing, as I swing,
Butterfly comes fluttering,
“Little child, now come away
’Mid the clover-blooms to play;
Clover-blooms are red and white,
Sky is blue and sun is bright.
Why then thus, with folded wing,
Sit and swing, sit and swing?”
As I swing, as I swing,
Oriole comes hovering.
“See my nest in yonder tree!
Little child, come work with me.
Learn to make a perfect nest,
That of all things is the best.
Come! nor longer loitering
Sit and swing, sit and swing!”
As I swing, as I swing,
Though I have not any wing,
Still I would not change with you,
Happiest bird that ever flew.
Butterfly and honey-bee,
Sure ’t is you must envy me,
Safe beneath my mother’s wing
As I swing, as I swing.

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35. Minnie and Winnie

Minnie and Winnie is a short poem for kids which talks about two little girls sleeping inside the calm of a shell. “Minnie and Winnie” was written and by Alfred Tennyson.

Minnie and Winnie
Slept in a shell.
Sleep, little ladies!
And they slept well.

Pink was the shell within,
Silver without;
Sounds of the great sea
Wander’d about.

Sleep, little ladies!
Wake not soon!
Echo on echo
Dies to the moon.

Two bright stars
Peep’d into the shell.
“What are you dreaming of?
Who can tell?”
Started a green linnet
Out of the croft;
Wake, little ladies,
The sun is aloft!

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34. Jack & Jill

Jack and Jill is one of the most popular traditional short poems for kids. It is usually recited as a small verse. But there are many longer versions of the same. Here we read out two of them. “Jack and Jill” was written and by Mother Goose.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after
Jack got up, and home did trot
As fast as he could caper
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after

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33. The Caterpillar

We all know the lifecycle of a butterfly. A very important phase of it is being a Caterpillar. What is its life like before it become a pupa? Listen in to know . “The Caterpillar” was written and by Robert Graves.

Under this loop of honeysuckle,
A creeping, coloured caterpillar,
I gnaw the fresh green hawthorn spray,
I nibble it leaf by leaf away.

Down beneath grow dandelions,
Daisies, old-man’s-looking-glasses;
Rooks flap croaking across the lane.
I eat and swallow and eat again.

Here come raindrops helter-skelter;
I munch and nibble unregarding:
Hawthorn leaves are juicy and firm.
I’ll mind my business: I’m a good worm.

When I’m old, tired, melancholy,
I’ll build a leaf-green mausoleum
Close by, here on this lovely spray,
And die and dream the ages away.
Some say worms win resurrection,
With white wings beating flitter-flutter,
But wings or a sound sleep, why should I care?
Either way I’ll miss my share.

Under this loop of honeysuckle,
A hungry, hairy caterpillar,
I crawl on my high and swinging seat,
And eat, eat, eat—as one ought to eat.

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32. Mary Had A Little Lamb

This very popular nursery rhyme, which most of us have heard and sung. The poem tells us why does the lamb wait for Mary outside her school. Listen in to know the tender emotion behind it. “Mary had a Little Lamb” was written and by Mother Goose.

Mary had a little lamb,
whose fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day
which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near,

And waited patiently about,
till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
the eager children cry.

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
the teacher did reply

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31. Trees

Recent International Mother Earth Day is an annual event that tells us about the importance of nature. Trees are an essential part of nature. Trees are a gift of God to us. They grow on earth, they are dense, they provide coolness in summers and make white snow rest on them in winters. “Trees” was written and by Joyce Kilmer.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
 
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
 
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
 
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
 

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30. Three Little Birds In A Row

This very short poem is about how birds have a conversation about us, the human beings. In “Three Little Birds in a row” three birds sit together and laugh and joke about human beings. There is also a deeper meaning of this poem, listen in to know what it is. “Three Little Birds in a row” is written by Stephen Crane.

Three little birds in a row
Sat musing.
A man passed near that place.
Then did the little birds nudge each other.

They said, “He thinks he can sing.”
They threw back their heads to laugh.
With quaint countenances
They regarded him.
They were very curious,
Those three little birds in a row.

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29. Laughing Corn

The smell of boiled and popcorns pulls us towards them, they are yummy as well. A corn crop looks like gold, a ripe corn crop sways here and there, as if it is laughing. This is what is portrayed in this poem. “Laughing Corn” is written by Carl Sandburg.

There was a high majestic fooling
Day before yesterday in the yellow corn.

And day after to-morrow in the yellow corn
There will be high majestic fooling.

The ears ripen in late summer
And come on with a conquering laughter,
Come on with a high and conquering laughter.

The long-tailed blackbirds are hoarse.
One of the smaller blackbirds chitters on a stalk
And a spot of red is on its shoulder
And I never heard its name in my life.Some of the ears are bursting.
A white juice works inside.
Cornsilk creeps in the end and dangles in the wind.
Always-I never knew it any other way-
The wind and the corn talk things over together.
And the rain and the corn and the sun and the corn
Talk things over together.

Over the road is the farmhouse.
The siding is white and a green blind is slung loose.
It will not be fixed till the corn is husked.
The farmer and his wife talk things over together.

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28. Once Upon A Time

Childhood is a time when anything is possible, there can be  fairies with their nests in a meadow, where there was all joy and hey used to flutter n the flowers. And for children the world is like a fairy land, where there is all happiness, all pleasure, play   and no stress. “Once Upon a time” is written by Mary E Wilkins Freeman.

Now, once upon a time, a nest of fairies
Was in a meadow ‘neath a wild rose-tree;
And, once upon a time, the violets clustered
So thick around it one could scarcely see;
And, once upon a time, a troop of children
Came dancing by upon the flowery ground;
And, once upon a time, the nest of fairies,
With shouts of joy and wonderment they found;
And, once upon a time, the fairies fluttered
On purple winglets, shimmering in the sun;
And, once upon a time, the nest forsaking,
They flew off thro’ the violets, every one;
And, once upon a time, the children followed
With loud halloos along the meadow green;
And, once upon a time, the fairies vanished,
And never more could one of them be seen;
And, once upon a time, the children sought them
For many a day, but fruitless was their quest,
For, once upon a time, amid the violets,
They only found the fairies’ empty nest.

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27. Three Ships

A typical nursery rhyme, “Three Ships” talks about who all come out of a ship on a new year day, and what they can do to make us happy. “Three Ships” is a traditional nursery rhyme.

I saw three ships come sailing by,
Sailing by, sailing by,
I saw three ships come sailing by,
On New Year’s Day in the morning.

And what do you think was in them then,
In them then, in them then,
And what do you think was in them then,
On New Year’s Day in the morning?

Three pretty girls were in them then,
In them then, in them then,
Three pretty girls were in them then,
On New Year’s Day in the morning.

And one could whistle, and one could sing,
The other play on the violin;
Such joy there was at my wedding,
On New Year’s Day in the morning.

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26. Ship in the Sky

This world functions as an equilibrium, where one helps the other. This poem talks about three little kids who explain to us how their fathers, directly or indirectly, function together. 

“Ship in the Sky” is written by Woody Guthrie, published in 1946.

A curley headed kid with a sunshiny smile

Heard the roar of a plane as it sailed through the sky

To her playmates she said with a bright twinkling eyes

My daddy rides that ship in the sky!

My daddy rides that ship in the sky

My daddy rides that ship in the sky

Mama’s not afraid so neither am I

My daddy rides that ship in the sky.

A pug nose kid then kicked up his heel

Said my daddy works in the iron and the steel

If you’re not afraid well neither am I

My daddy keeps your daddy up there so high.

My daddy keeps your daddy up there so high

My daddy keeps your daddy up there so high

If you’re not afraid then neither am I

‘Cause my daddy keeps your daddy up there so high.

A freckle face girl pinched her toe in the sand

Says my daddy works at the place where they land

So you tell your mama don’t be afraid

‘Cause my dad’ll bring your daddy back home again.

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25. Wing Wang Waddle Oh

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Rhymes are loved by one and all. In this episode it Wing Wang Waddle Ho, in which a boy has left 6 horses, he sells the horses, then buys a cow, sells it buys a calf, and so on, Listen in to enjoy. “Wing Wang Waddle Oh” is a Nursery Rhyme for kids. 

My father he died, but I can’t tell you how,

He left me six horses to drive in my plough ;

With my wing, wang, waddle, oh,

Jack sing saddle, oh,

Blowsey boys buble, oh,

Under the broom.

I sold my six horses and I bought me a cow,

I ‘d fain have made a fortune but did not know how :

With my wing, wang, waddle, oh,

Jack sing saddle, oh,

Blowsey boys buble, oh,

Under the broom.

I sold my cow, and I bought me a calf;

I ‘d fain have made a fortune but lost the best half;

With my wing, wang, waddle, oh,

Jack sing saddle, oh,

Blowsey boys buble, oh,

Under the broom.

I sold my calf, and I bought me a cat;

A pretty thing she was, in my chimney corner sat;

With my wing, wang, waddle, oh,

Jack sing saddle oh,

Blowsey boys buble, oh,

Under the broom.

I sold my cat and bought me a mouse;

He carried fire in his tail, and burnt down my house;

With my wing, wang, waddle, oh,

Jack sing saddle, oh,

Blowsey boys buble, oh,

Under the broom.

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24. My Heart Leaps Up

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Rainbows are a wonder of nature, giving the post-rain sky an ethereal look. They will appear time and again whenever the weather allows them. This poem talks about how a child an inquisitive one, learns through his innocent questions and teaches life lessons to the man he grows into. “My heart leaps up” is a poem by William Wordsworth.

My heart leaps up when I behold 
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began; 
So is it now I am a man; 
So be it when I shall grow old, 
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

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23. The Solitary Reaper

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“The Solitary Reaper” is a  poem that was written by William Wordsworth. It is about a beautiful girl, engrossed in her work, reaping her field. All the while singing the most heartfelt tune. A song that is of a kind that stays in your memory even after it is over.

Behold her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.
 
No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.
 
Will no one tell me what she sings?—
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?
 
Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o’er the sickle bending;—
I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more

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22. Characteristics Of A Child Three Year Old

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According to great poet Wordsworth, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility”. So today on World Poetry Day, a poem by this celebrated poet. The poem talks about how a 3-year-old child is adored by all. “Characteristics of a child three-year-old” is a poem by William Wordsworth.

Loving she is, and tractable, though wild;
And Innocence hath privilege in her
To dignify arch looks and laughing eyes;
And feats of cunning; and the pretty round
Of trespasses, affected to provoke
Mock-chastisement and partnership in play.
And, as a faggot sparkles on the hearth,
Not less if unattended and alone
Than when both young and old sit gathered round
And take delight in its activity;
Even so this happy Creature of herself
Is all-sufficient, solitude to her
Is blithe society, who fills the air
With gladness and involuntary songs.
Light are her sallies as the tripping fawn’s
Forth-startled from the fern where she lay couched;
Unthought-of, unexpected, as the stir
Of the soft breeze ruffling the meadow-flowers,
Or from before it chasing wantonly
The many-coloured images imprest
Upon the bosom of a placid lake.

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21. Willie Winkie

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Spring Equinox means days and nights become equal. From the next day, nights start becoming shorter. Therefore sticking to early sleeping will ensure that we sleep enough. So let us take the help of “Wee Willie Winki”. “Willie Winki” is a Nursery Rhyme, written by William Miller.

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,
Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,
Are the children in their bed, for it’s past ten o’clock?
Hey, Willie Winkie, are you coming in?
The cat is singing purring sounds to the sleeping hen,
The dog’s spread out on the floor, and doesn’t give a cheep,
But here’s a wakeful little boy who will not fall asleep!
Anything but sleep, you rogue! glowering like the moon,’
Rattling in an iron jug with an iron spoon,
Rumbling, tumbling round about, crowing like a cock,
Shrieking like I don’t know what, waking sleeping folk.
Hey, Willie Winkie – the child’s in a creel!
Wriggling from everyone’s knee like an eel,
Tugging at the cat’s ear, and confusing all her thrums
Hey, Willie Winkie – see, there he comes!”
Weary is the mother who has a dusty child,
A small short little child, who can’t run on his own,
Who always has a battle with sleep before he’ll close an eye
But a kiss from his rosy lips gives strength anew to me

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20. Apple Pie

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Interesting way of teaching children is to teach in a fun manner. Great thing is to connect the lesson with any of their favorite things. This poem is about teaching kids the alphabet. “An Apple Pie” is a Traditional Nursery Rhyme, written by an anonymous poet. 

A was an apple pie
B bit it,
C cut it,
D dealt it,
E eat it,
F fought for it,
G got it,
H had it,
I inspected it,
J jumped for it,
K kept it,
L longed for it,
M mourned for it,
N nodded at it,
O opened it,
P peeped in it,
Q quartered it,
R ran for it,
S stole it,
T took it,
U upset it,
V viewed it,
W wanted it,
X, Y, Z and ampersand
All wished for a piece in hand.

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19. "Monday's Child" & "The days of the Month"

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The children who have joined school recently, are being taught days of the week and months of the year. Some are taught haw many days are there in different months. These two traditional nursery rhymes teach us the same. “Monday’s Child” & “The days of the Month” are Traditional Nursery Rhymes, written by anonymous poets.

Monday’s Child: 

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay;

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18. A New Arrival

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Fatherhood is a joyous phase of life. When a man becomes a father, he gets newfound responsibilities that teach him a new meaning of life. This phase also brings along so much love for the child, which is beautifully portrayed in this poem. Listen in to enjoy. “A New Arrival” was written by George W Cable.

There came to port last Sunday night  
 The queerest little craft,  
Without an inch of rigging on;  
 I looked and looked—and laughed!  
It seemed so curious that she      
 Should cross the Unknown water,  
And moor herself within my room—  
 My daughter! O, my daughter!  
 
Yet by these presents witness all  
 She ’s welcome fifty times,        
And comes consigned in hope and love—  
 And common-metre rhymes.  
She has no manifest but this;  
 No flag floats o’er the water;  
She ’s too new for the British Lloyds—        
 My daughter! O, my daughter!  
 
Ring out, wild bells—and tame ones too;  
 Ring out the lover’s moon.  
Ring in the little worsted socks,  
 Ring in the bib and spoon.        
Ring out the muse, ring in the nurse,  
 Ring in the milk and water.  
Away with paper, pen, and ink—  
 My daughter! O, my daughter!

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17. The Flag Goes By

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The flag of a country is its pride. It flying proudly in the sky is the most splendid sight. Behind the flag, are a lot of stories, we need to know them and appreciate the hard work of our forefathers to make the flag stand tall. “The Flag goes by” was written by Henry Holcomb Bennet.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A dash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;
But more than the flag is passing by.

Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State:
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;

Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land’s swift increase;
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverend awe;

Sign of a nation, great and strong
To ward her people from foreign wrong:
Pride and glory and honor,–all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

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16. Letty's Globe

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Globe is a miniature version of Earth, an excellent way to learn about the countries of the world. It really is exciting to spot your own country on the globe. How that feeling is portrayed in this poem, listen in to know. “Letty’s Globe” was written by Charles Tennyson Turner.

When Letty had scarce pass’d her third glad year,
 And her young artless words began to flow,
One day we gave the child a colour’d sphere
 Of the wide earth, that she might mark and know,
By tint and outline, all its sea and land.
 She patted all the world; old empires peep’d
Between her baby fingers; her soft hand
 Was welcome at all frontiers. How she leap’d,
 And laugh’d and prattled in her world-wide bliss;
But when we turn’d her sweet unlearnèd eye
On our own isle, she raised a joyous cry—
‘Oh! yes, I see it, Letty’s home is there!’
 And while she hid all England with a kiss,
Bright over Europe fell her golden hair.

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15. The Daffodils

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Many times, the beauty of nature gives us freshness after a tiring day, the same feeling is emoted in this poem. Listen in to know-how. “The Daffodils” was written by William Wordsworth.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
 
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
 
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
 
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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14. The Ivy Green

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People have their special places in the neighborhood where they grow up and they spend some time sitting there, one such place was The Ivy green. “The Ivy Green” was written by Charles Dickens.

Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
That creepeth o’er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals, I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim:
And the mouldering dust that years have made
Is a merry meal for him.
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.
 
Fast he stealeth on, though he wears no wings,
And a staunch old heart has he.
How closely he twineth, how tight he clings,
To his friend the huge Oak Tree!
And slily he traileth along the ground,
And his leaves he gently waves,
As he joyously hugs and crawleth round
The rich mould of dead men’s graves.
Creeping where grim death has been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.
 
Whole ages have fled and their works decayed,
And nations have scattered been;
But the stout old Ivy shall never fade,
From its hale and hearty green.
The brave old plant, in its lonely days,
Shall fatten upon the past:
For the stateliest building man can raise,
Is the Ivy’s food at last.
Creeping on, where time has been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

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13. Buttercups and Daisies

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for kids. The beautiful Buttercups and Daisies are flowers that can stand tests of time, they are hardy and sturdy. “Buttercups and Daisies” was written by Mary Howitt. 

Buttercups and daisies,
Oh, the pretty flowers,
Coming ere the springtime,
To tell of sunny hours.
While the trees are leafless,
While the fields are bare,
Buttercups and daisies
Spring up here and there.

Ere the snowdrop peepeth,
Ere the crocus bold,
Ere the early primrose
Opes its paly gold,
Somewhere on the sunny bank
Buttercups are bright;
Somewhere ‘mong the frozen grass
Peeps the daisy white.

Little hardy flowers,
Like to children poor,
Playing in their sturdy health
By their mother’s door,
Purple with the north wind,
Yet alert and bold;
Fearing not, and caring not,
Though they be a-cold!

What to them is winter!
What are stormy showers!
Buttercups and daisies
Are these human flowers!
He who gave them hardships
And a life of care,
Gave them likewise hardy strength
And patient hearts to bear.

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12. Fairy Song

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children.Seasons change, with apparent changes in our surroundings. in this poem “Fairy Song” John Keats talks about the beautiful changes when the spring season is about to bid adieu.

Shed no tear! O shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! O, weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root’s white core.
Dry your eyes! Oh! dry your eyes!
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies—
Shed no tear.

Overhead! look overhead!
‘Mong the blossoms white and red—
Look up, look up. I flutter now
On this flush pomegranate bough.
See me! ’tis this silvery bell
Ever cures the good man’s ill.
Shed no tear! O, shed no tear!
The flowers will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu—I fly, adieu,
I vanish in the heaven’s blue—
Adieu, adieu!

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11. The Owl

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. The owl is a solitary bird, considered to be wise. To know when the owls come and are active, listen to ‘The Owl’ written by Alfred Tennyson.

When cats run home and light is come,
And dew is cold upon the ground,
And the far-off stream is dumb,
And the whirring sail goes round,
And the whirring sail goes round;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

When merry milkmaids click the latch,
And rarely smells the new-mown hay,
And the cock hath sung beneath the thatch
Twice or thrice his roundelay,
Twice or thrice his roundelay;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

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10. The Violet

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. The Violet flower looks ethereal against the green leaves, yet it has some tints on its leaves that make it modest, and the flower well aware of the fact that no matter where you are, or how you look, being modest is the best thing. This poem, “The Violet” is written by Jane Taylor.

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew,
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.
 
And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colours bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there,
 
Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused its sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.
 
Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.

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9. The Nightingale and the Glow-Worm

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. If you wish to know why all of us must live together, in equilibrium with each other, listen to this poem “The Nightingale and the Glow Worm” written by William Cowper.

A nightingale, that all day long
Had cheered the village with his song,
Nor yet at eve his note suspended,
Nor yet when eventide was ended,
Began to feel, as well he might,
The keen demands of appetite;
When, looking eagerly around,
He spied far off, upon the ground,
A something shining in the dark,
And knew the glow-worm by his spark;
So, stooping down from hawthorn top,
He thought to put him in his crop;
The worm, aware of his intent,
Harangued him thus right eloquent:
“Did you admire my lamp,” quoth he,
“As much as I your minstrelsy,
You would abhor to do me wrong,
As much as I to spoil your song,
For ’twas the self-same power divine
Taught you to sing, and me to shine,
That you with music, I with light,
Might beautify and cheer the night.”
The songster heard his short oration,
And warbling out his approbation,
Released him, as my story tells,
And found a supper somewhere else.

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8. Sweet And Low

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. To make us sleep, our parents sing lullabies to us, and we become sleepy. Listen to this lovely poem “Sweet and Low” written by Alfred Tennyson.

Sweet and low, sweet and low,
   Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
   Wind of the western sea!
Over the rolling waters go,
   Come from the dying moon, and blow,
Blow him again to me;
   While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
   Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother’s breast,
   Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the nest,
   Silver sails all out of the west,
Under the silver moon:
   Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.

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7. The Owl And The Pussycat

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for kids. The Owl and the Pussy cat are great friends, they appreciate each other and love to spend time together, so they go on a boat ride across the sea to get a ring. Listen to “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” written by Edward Lear.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
 And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
 You are,
 You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”
 
Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
 His nose,
 His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
 
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
 Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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6. My Shadow

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. Our shadows play with us, long, short, here, there, but always stay with us. Except at a certain time, listen in to know when. Listen to “My Shadow” written by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
 
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.
 
He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
 
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

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5. Little White Lily

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. What does a tired Little White Lilly need to feel energetic? It needs rains that quench its thirst. Listen to “Little White Lily” written by George MacDonald. 

Little White Lily
Sat by a stone,
Drooping and waiting
Till the sun shone.
Little White Lily
Sunshine has fed;
Little White Lily
Is lifting her head.
 
Little White Lily
Said: “It is good
Little White Lily’s
Clothing and food.”
Little White Lily
Dressed like a bride!
Shining with whiteness,
And crownèd beside!
 
Little White Lily
Drooping with pain,
Waiting and waiting
For the wet rain.
Little White Lily
Holdeth her cup;
Rain is fast falling
And filling it up.
 
Little White Lily
Said: “Good again,
When I am thirsty
To have the nice rain.
Now I am stronger,
Now I am cool;
Heat cannot burn me,
My veins are so full.”
 
Little White Lily
Smells very sweet;
On her head sunshine,
Rain at her feet.
Thanks to the sunshine,
Thanks to the rain,
Little White Lily
Is happy again.

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4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. The first stanza of this poem is one of the most recited verses in the world. Let’s listen to the complete version of this poem “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” written by Jane Taylor.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
 
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
 
Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
How could he see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so?
 
In the dark blue sky you keep,
Often through my curtains peep
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
 
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

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3. The Arrow And The Song

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. Finding a precious thing after you have lost it, is pure joy. Experience something similar in “The Arrow and the Song” written by Henry W Longfellow.

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
 
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
 
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

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2. A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for children. Dreams take us to a lovely world. In this poem written by Lewis Carrol, “A boat beneath a Sunny Sky”, three children floating in a boat, understand that life is but a dream.

A boat beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July —
 
Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear —
 
Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.
 
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
 
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.
 
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:
 
Ever drifting down the stream —
Lingering in the golden gleam —
Life, what is it but a dream?

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1. The Boy Who Never Told Lie

Read and listen to these amazing short poems for kids. Speaking the truth has lots of benefits, if you speak the truth, you never need to cover it. Listen to this poem “The Boy who never told a lie” written by an anonymous poet.

Once there was a little boy,
With curly hair and pleasant eye—
A boy who always told the truth,
And never, never told a lie.

And when he trotted off to school,
The children all about would cry,
“There goes the curly-headed boy—
The boy that never tells a lie.”

And everybody loved him so,
Because he always told the truth,
That every day, as he grew up,
‘Twas said, “There goes the honest youth.”

 

And when the people that stood near
Would turn to ask the reason why,
The answer would be always this:
“Because he never tells a lie.”

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