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Poem of the Day -- Theodore Roethke

By John Published: April 1, 2011

The Chair

A funny thing about a Chair:
You hardly ever think it's there.
To know a Chair is really it,
You sometimes have to go and sit.

This nonsense poem from I Am! Says The Lamb (in The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke) is the first poem my 7-year-old daughter memorized. Therefore, it will be the first poem to begin First Bell's second annual observance of National Poetry Month.

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