Sunday, April 18, 2010

April is National Poetry Month! Share a Poem With Your Child!

Family Poems: 
Read Together!

Rocking My Child 
by Gabriela Mistral (Chilean; 1889-1957)

The sea its millions of waves
   is rocking, divine,
hearing the loving seas,
  I'm rocking my child.

The wandering wind in the night
   is rocking the fields of wheat,
hearing the loving winds,
  I'm rocking my child.

God is the father his thousands of worlds
  is rocking without a sound.
Feelings his hands in the shadows,
  I'm rocking my child.

The woodblock print to the right was done by Kitagawa Utamoro (Japanese, 1753-1806). You can take your children to see it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.