by Laura Elizabeth 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!)
Favorite childhood memory: well, one of them at least, is my mother saying this. It was one of the first poems I memorized. Cool things I learned from Wikipedia: Laura Richards' mother wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic; and Laura herself won the Pulitzer Prize. (Nope, not for this poem, silly! But how cool would that be? It was for a biography of her mother.)
Poetry Friday Participants:
It's Jane's Choice at Here in the Bonny Glen (and she picked one of my favorite poets)
And I'm beginning to think It's all about me, since Susan Taylor Brown picks another of my favorite poets
A wrung sponge introduces me to someone new (see, again with the me, me, me.)
A Year of Reading makes me laugh
Little Willow fills me with a longing to visit friends (and makes me wish I lived in a thirtysomething world where everyone lives close by)
Farm School has a poem I know (I didn't intend to make all of Poetry Friday about me, but I'm on a roll now)
Jen Robinson reminds me of the type of conversations I'll have with Queen Lucy & SkaterBoy while we're in Disney
Based on her PF post, I want to ask MotherReader what she thinks about the Richards poem
Scholar's Blog has.... what? nothing? Michele, are you OK? You never miss PF!
If I missed you, let me know in the comments, and I'll update tomorrow.
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