Memorywork – “If I Knew”

I introduced this poem to them on the first day of school. I love teaching them poems to memorize. Sometimes, there are no books, no TV’s, no games around to keep us occupied. That’s when it’s entertaining to be able to recite poetry and other fun stuff from memory. I still remember many of the poems I learned in elementary school, and I recite them to the girls often – when we’re waiting in line for something, when I’m driving, when we’re playing at the park, or whenever…

 If I Knew” by Maud Wyman

If I knew the box where smiles were kept,
No matter how large the key
Or strong the bolt, I would try so hard,
‘Twould open, I know, for me.

Then over the land and the sea, broadcast,
I’d scatter the smiles to play.
That the children’s faces might hold them fast
For many and many a day.

If I knew a box that was large enough
To hold all the frowns I meet,
I would like to gather them, every one,
From nursery, school and street,

Then folding and holding I’d pack them in.
And turning the monster key,
I’d hire a giant to drop the box
To the depth of the deep, deep sea.


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