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]


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!!!


Anonymous 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...


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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