"Poetry is words that breathe, and words that burn" -Thomas Grey Poetry has always been a favourite. I remember our school days when we would be made to memorize poetry. Some of our teachers would explain poems so beautifully that it would paint a word picture in the mind's eye. Once that was done, remembering the word without the pain of having to learn it by rote was no big job. To date, many of the poems we learned then live on verbatim in the mind and tend to surface from time to time. I am starting this thread for those of us who love poems and would like to share their favourite poems here. They could include poems for children too. I start with one which was taught in Std. VI. Image: Courtesy Google The Gymnastic Clock -M.C. Davies The little clock is friends with me, It talks as plain as plain can be, And says, each morning as it rises, "Now, don't forget your exercises! Both hands above your head, you know! Then lower them very slowly, so; Ho, don't get tired and stop, that way! I exercise like this, all day!" Right in its face then, I say, "Pooh! I wouldn't boast of it, like you, But I can swing my arms 'round, too!" And so the clock then looks at me, And I look back, and I and he Each single morning, when we rise, Just exercise and exercise! Looking forward to reading your favourites.