It’s April and that means time to celebrate poetry. Here is one of my favorites, and I must say I appreciate this poem even more so now that I am a librarian.
Let’s have one day for girls and boyses
When you can make the grandest noises.
Screech, scream, holler, and yell —
Buzz a buzzer, clang a bell,
Sneeze — hiccup — whistle — shout,
Laugh until your lungs wear out,
Toot a whistle, kick a can,
Bang a spoon against a pan.
Sing, yodel, bellow, hum,
Blow a horn, beat a drum,
Rattle a window, slam a door,
Scrape a rake across the floor,
Use a drill, drive a nail,
Turn the hose on the garbage pail,
Shout Yahoo — Hurrah — Hooray,
Turn up the music all the way,
Try and bounce your bowling ball,
Ride a skateboard up the wall,
Chomp your food with a smack and a slurp,
Chew — chomp — hiccup — burp,
One day a year do all of these,
The rest of the days — be quiet please.
–by Shel Silverstein, Falling Up