Friday, December 4, 2015

POETRY FRIDAY: “Snowball” by Shel Silverstein

Thanks to Buffy at Buffy's Blog for hosting Poetry Friday today!

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As I’ve mentioned before, Shel Silverstein is one of my all-time favorite poets. He had a knack for creating poetry that is smart, engaging, and entertaining—three of the “must haves” for kids’ poetry, in my opinion.

I love all of Silverstein’s poetry, but the poem I am sharing today is extra special because when I taught third grade, one of my students wrote it out on a piece of paper and gave it to me. He loved it and he knew that I would, too. This touched me so much that I’ve held onto it for 15 years. When I came across it a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to share it for a winter Poetry Friday post. I hope it makes you smile today!


Snowball
by Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

I made myself a snow ball as perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas and a pillow for it's head.
Then, last night it ran away.
But first -- it wet the bed.


Thanks, Alex, wherever you are!☺ Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and Happy Writing!

15 comments:

  1. Aw Becky -- you are such a sweetie for hanging onto this handwritten Shel poem!!! God bless you!!!

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  2. LOL. Great poem! Needed to smile today. Thanks for sharing. I love that you kept the handwritten version for so many years.

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  3. Dear Becky,
    Thanks for writing this fun post. I loved the poem by Shel Silverstein about Snowballs. It is so funny.

    Love, Joan

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  4. What a great way for you and David to connect on a deeper level. I hope Shel Silverstein really understood how much kids loved his poems.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I realized over the weekend that the little boy's name was Alex, not David. Both boys were super sweet, though! = )

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  5. Snowball made me laugh--and how wonderful that you still have your student's gift after all these years.

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    1. Thanks again for hosting Poetry Friday, Buffy!

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  6. So sweet... the poem and the gesture. Thanks for sharing your keepsake with us, Becky.

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  7. Nothing better than gifts from the hearts of our students!

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  8. Love it! How special that a student wrote it down for you. :) I am a huge Shel fan- his poetry always makes me smile. :)
    ~Jess

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