Poetry Friday: The Secret Song

July 9th, 2010

In their book Poetry Goes to School, David Booth and Bob Barton provide teachers a remarkable collection of poetry and teaching strategies. In Chapter 5 they use The Secret Song by Margaret Wise Brown to show students how to feature various voices in poetry.

The Secret Song
Margaret Wise Brown

Who saw the petals
drop from the rose?
I, said the spider.
But nobody knows.

Who saw the sunset
flash on a bird?
I, said the fish
But nobody heard.

Who saw the fog
come over the sea?
I, said the pigeon
Only me.

Who saw the first
green light of the sun?
I, said the night owl,
The only one.

Who saw the moss
creep over the stone?
I, said the grey fox,
All alone.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erin Oakes  |  July 9th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I got here from the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks for sharing this poem, such a beautiful example of her work.

  • 2. Andromeda Jazmon  |  July 11th, 2010 at 6:26 am

    This is a really lovely, simple poem full of beauty. Thank you for sharing it here!

  • 3. Toby Speed  |  July 13th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    The value and beauty of solitude, simply stated. Thanks for sharing this.

  • 4. Lester Dutka  |  January 28th, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    The fourth verse stuck in my mind since I did an elementary school stage recital of this poem, in 1967, the first grade. I never knew where it came from, or who wrote it till recently, after I typed in from what I remember what I had to say into the search engine.

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