national poetry month, day 1.

April is National Poetry Month. I’ve been on a steady poetry diet for the last couple of weeks, and I’ll be posting a poem a day here all month. For this day of fools, let’s start with something silly, shall we?

Oh Have You Heard
by Shel Silverstein

Oh have you heard it’s time for vaccinations?
I think someone put salt in your tea.
They’re giving us eleven-month vacation.
And Florida has sunk into the sea.

Oh have you heard the President has measles?
The principal has just burned down the school.
Your hair is full of ants and purple weasels–
                    APRIL FOOL!

And for the occasion of my aunt’s birthday, which happens to be today:

Don the Dragon’s Birthday
by Shel Silverstein

Here he comes across the lake.
He’s comin’ for his birthday cake.
Sing “Happy Birthday, Dragon Don,”
And watch him blow the candles…on.

Happy birthday, Jeanie!

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