Friday, February 21, 2014

poetry friday: how they sleep

Do you  know about Poetry Friday over at KidLitosphere Central?

I have wanted to participate for a while now, so I finally decided to pull this sweet vintage book of poetry off the shelf.

As I thumbed through the pages, I found a poem that would be the perfect followup to my post about Dream Animals.  If only bedtime with my four kiddos could be this simple ...

How They Sleep 

Some things go to sleep in such a funny way:
Little birds stand on one leg and tuck their heads away;

Chickens do the same, standing on their perch;
Little mice lie soft and still, as if they were in church;

Kittens curl up close in such a funny ball;
Horses hang their sleepy heads and stand still in a stall;

Sometimes dogs stretch out, or curl up in a heap;
Cows lie down upon their sides when they would go to sleep.

But little babies dear are snugly tucked in beds,
Warm with blankets, all so soft, and pillows for their heads.

Bird and beast and babe -- I wonder which of all
Dream the dearest dreams that down from dreamland fall!

-- author unknown

Affiliate link to A Child's Book of Poems illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa


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