poetry friday

Since I blogged about Audubon yesterday, I thought it fitting for today’s poem to be about birds.  Here is a very child-friendly poem by Robert Frost, taken from the beautiful Poetry for Young People volume about him — Robert Frost, edited by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Henri Sorensen.



The Last Word of a Bluebird
 as told to a child

As I went out a Crow
In a low voice said, “Oh,
I was looking for you.
How do you do?
I just came to tell you
To tell Lesley (will you?)
That her little Bluebird
Wanted me to bring word
That the north wind last night
That made the stars bright
And made ice on the trough
Almost made him cough
His tail feathers off.
He just had to fly!
But he sent her Good-by,
And said to be good,
And wear her red hood,
And look for skunk tracks
In the snow with an ax —
And do everything!
And perhaps in the spring
He would come back and sing.”