Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Small Talk in the Neighborhood: A Poem by J. Patrick Lewis

I sometimes wonder if children’s poet J. Patrick Lewis ever sleeps. He’s so prolific he must spend twenty-four hours a day writing poems!

Here’s a poem Pat sent me to post for Neighbor’s Day.


Neighbor’s Day, May 20

Small Talk in the Neighborhood
by J. Patrick Lewis


I said, “Hello, how do you do?”
He said, “Oh, pretty good, and you?”

He said, “Well, how about this rain?”
I said, “The weather’s been a pain.”

I said, “And when it rains, it pours.”
He said, “We’ll have to get the oars.”

There wasn’t any more to say—
We said the same thing yesterday.

[Note: This poem will appear in my book COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER: A POEM FOR EVERY DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, Little, Brown, Spring/Summer, 2009. All rights are mine. JPL]

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You can read my interview with J. Patrick Lewis here.

Thanks, Pat, for sending along this poem for me to post here at Wild Rose Reader…and Happy Neighbor’s Day!!!

4 comments:

J. Patrick Lewis said...

Thank you, dear heart, for your kindness in pinning up my poem. A swashbuckler of a bow to you and your many readers!

Cheers, Pat

Elaine Magliaro said...

Pat,

Gee! There's nothing I appreciate more than a "swashbuckler of a bow"--except for a poem sent to me by you to post at my blog!

A deep-knee curtsey to you, oh prolific bard of the children's realm!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Yes, I think Pat must not sleep!

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