Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Highwayman

The same teacher would read to us from her book of children's poetry. The definition of what poetry is suitable for children has changed over the years, because I don't think kids in grades 3 and 4 would be allowed to listen to some of what was in her book.

Mostly, she would pick the poem, but sometimes she let us pick. Whenever she asked us what we wanted, like bloodthirsty ghouls, we would throw our hands in the air and demand The Highwayman.

When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, 

(Still love that line)



  1. Most eight-year-olds ARE bloodthirsty ghouls, aren't they? My niece staged a murder scene, complete with fake blood, in the bathroom, for my sister to find.

    And now I've just read the poem. Yes, I can see how that intrigued a bunch of kids.

    1. Yikes, bloody kids! I hope it wasn't too realistic.

    2. I'm a bit hazy on the details, but I suspect she might have had to call her mother to see, which kind of gave the game away.

  2. I bet she read it well.

    PS: When I opened the link the first thing I saw was "butts a-twinkle." Then I focused and saw it was pistol butts.

  3. Reading aloud for children is nearly always ok...kids take in and filter what they need.

  4. Ha! I wrote about my love of this poem recently.


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