I love EWE.
I’m not LION.
I really GOPHER you.
I never GNU this would happen.
You are so DEER to me.
It’s more than I can BEAR.
Let us SEAL our love with a kiss.
I will always BEE yours.
I will never have any EGRETS.
You are my one and only GULL.
OWL always love you.
Copyright © 2004 Charles Ghigna. From the book Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud. Published by Harry N. Abrams. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) is an award-winning poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer who helps promote the love of poetry and children’s literature throughout the world. He is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 60 books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Boyds Mills, Charlesbridge, Capstone and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” PBS and NPR. His poems appear in hundreds of textbooks and anthologies, and in magazines for adults and children from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket. His poems also appear in the national SAT and ACT tests.
Ghigna served as poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, editorial advisor for the U.S. Kids magazines, and nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation. He has presented poetry readings at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America, and at hundreds of schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, book fairs, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Love the cleverness of using those words. I want to ‘crow’ about it!
Thanks, Linda! You’re on your way to a new poem with your “crow about it!”
I love the way you used those names of animals. When will you be Bach?
Elizabeth, I’d love to see a new poem using the names of famous composers.
Here’s one I wrote a couple of years ago using artists’ names.
THE ART OF CONVERSATION
How MUNCH do you love me?
More than MONET can buy.
Then why do you treat me like a little DALI?
WYETH it weren’t for you my life would be empty.
Your morals are TOULOUSE for me.
SEURAT do you want from me?
Stop being such a little SISLEY.
DONATELLO me what to do!
Who DURER think you are?
I gotta GOGH.
from LIGHT: A Quarterly of Light Verse, Spring-Summer 2011
© Charles Ghigna