I found this sweet little volume titled Wind Song in a pile of library discards once upon a time. In the front is a note in his own handwriting from Mr. Sandburg:
"Dear Young Folks,
Some poems may please you for half a minute and you don't care whether you keep them or not. Other poems you may feel to be priceless and you hug them to your heart and keep them for sure. Here in this book poems of each kind may be found; you do the finding. I sign this book for you saying love and blessings; may luck stars ever be over you. - Carl Sandburg"
What a treasure!! These are poems of Sandburg's that he has chosen specially for children. The Table of Contents divides them up into categories such as: New Poems, Little People, Corn Belt, Night, and Wind, Sea, and Sky. Here are some of my favorites: (photos are mine)
The stars are too many to count.
The stars make sixes and sevens.
The stars tell nothing - and everything.
The stars look scattered.
Stars are so far away they never speak when spoken to.
Be land ready
for you shall go back to land.
Be sea ready
for you have been nine-tenths water
and the salt taste shall cling to your mouth.
Be sky ready for air, air, has been so needful to you-
you shall go back, back to the sky.
Grass clutches at the dark dirt with finger holds.
Let it be blue grass, barley, rye or wheat,
Let it be button weed or butter-and-eggs,
Let it be Johnny-jump-ups springing clean blue streaks.
Grassroots down under put fingers into dark dirt.
Read more about Sandburg at the Poetry Foundation.
Friday Poetry is hosted by Greg at Gotta Book. Happy Spring!!