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Friday, July 17, 2015

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, Eve Merriam!

Eve Merriam was born on July 19, 1916. If she had lived long enough, on Sunday she would have turned 99 years old! This accomplished children's poet passed away in 1992. Her poems survive her and continue to be anthologized and reprinted.

The following can be found in Poems to Learn by Heart, selected by Caroline Kennedy [J 821.008 POE]:
Catch a Little Rhyme

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat

I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat

When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper

Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight...

The poem appears to be a favorite for children to perform. If you do a search on YouTube, you'll find several interpretations including this one:

This week's Round-Up is hosted by Kimberley.


  1. I still love so many of Eve Merriam's poems. What a trailblazer she was in the world of children's poetry!

    1. In reading a little about her, I found that she had also been a fashion copy editor at Glamour magazine!