I’ve been on a rather negative spree of late, both on this blog and in real life. I don’t think you can blame me. The world has been on a negative spree of late. Plunging stock markets, mass shootings in Norway, lethal heat waves, economic turmoil in Europe, ridiculous compromises on federal spending, … In any case, I need something to cheer myself up and you probably do too. Here’s a nice little poem that I remember from childhood.
Words can be stuffy, as sticky as glue,
but words can be tutored to tickle you too,
to rumble and tumble and tingle and sing,
to buzz like a bumblebee, coil like a spring.
Juggle their letters and jumble their sounds,
swirl them in circles and stack them in mounds,
twist them and tease them and turn them about,
teach them to dance upside down, inside out.
Make mighty words whisper and tiny words roar
in ways no one ever had thought of before;
cook an improbably alphabet stew,
and words will reveal little secrets to you.
– Jack Prelutsky