"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Monday, April 16, 2012


One of my favorite types of poetry is nonsense verse. Yes, nonsense verse. Sometimes it incorporates plays on words, sometimes it makes grammatical sense but little else, and it often incorporates made up words. Some of the best known authors of nonsense poetry are Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, Mervyn Peake, Colin West, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss and Spike Milligan.

Well, I know most of you are familiar with at least some of these authors. I want to introduce another favorite nonsense poem of mine...

by *Joey Cruz

Baseballs with sirens
Bats without handles
How can we ever play
Scissors singing
Airplanes eating
What will we do about that
Fire trucks swimming
Tanks playing game boys
How can we handle that
Bionicles playing baseball
Dogs doing construction on the Empire State Building
Silliness rules everywhere

Do you like poetry? Who is your favorite poet? If you don't like poetry, what's your favorite genre of literature?

*Yes, Joey is my son. He wrote this poem back in the 1st grade. To read more of his poetry, check here.