We Go Together – Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

9780547721293_p0_v1_s260x420Calef Brown’s We Go Together  offers a different twist for Valentine rhymes.  In a small illustrated book of 18 poems, this “A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse” includes a plan for starting a band in the eight lines of “Totally.”   Other pals include “Mirth Makers,”  “Two Scallywags,” “Two Kiwis,” and more – all accompanied by illustrations of snowmen, roller skating dogs, friendly creatures from outer space (with antennae) or lots of people laughing.  Some are silly, but all have the flavor of happy camaraderie.

My favorites:

Backup

If someone makes a crack
or puts me down,
you back me up
and stick around.
Always there
when I get in a tangle.
I lean on you
at a steep angle – 
I’m so inclined.
A better friend
I’ll never find.
 

Because of You

I was once
a half-emptyer.
Now I’m a half-fuller.
Because of you – 
the together-puller.
So if I should smile
And say something sunny,
Don’t look at me funny
or act surprised.
Because of you ,
I’m optimized.

Other Valentine Ideas:v8blnk

and happy birthday!

and happy birthday!

 

Every Thing On It – Shel Silverstein

Whether with his clever drawings or his wild and crazy poems, Shel Silverstein always knew how to make me laugh – and think.

His new book, Every Thing On It, is as much fun to read as A Light in the Attic or Where the Sidewalk Ends.  And, as always, one particular poem found me:

Underface

                                                           Underneath my outside face                                                                                                            There’s a face that none can see.                                                                                                             A little less smiley,                                                                                                                              A little less sure,                                                                                                                          But a whole lot more like me.

Shel Silverstein died from a heart attack in 1999, but his quirky humor and droll perspective sometimes remind me of old times…

New Job

                                                 Just two hours workin’ in the candy store,                                            And I don’t like candy anymore.

and good times…

Italian Food

Oh, how I love Italian food.

I eat it all the time.

Not just ’cause how good it tastes

But ’cause how good it rhymes.

Minestrone, canneloni,

Macaroni, rigatoni,

Spaghettini, scallopini,

Escarole, braciole,

Insalata, cremolata, manicotti

Marinara, carbonara,

Shrimp francese, Bolognese,

Ravioli, mostaccioli,

Mozzarella, tagliatelle,

Fried zucchini, rollatini,

Fettuccine, green linguine,

Tortellini, Tetrazzini,

Oops – I think I split my jeani.

With over 190 pages of poems and drawings, you are sure to find something.

Related Info:  The Shel Silverstein website