My Love (in brackets) By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill (Irish Poem)

My Love (in brackets) By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill (Irish Poem)

Mo Ghrá-sa (idir lúibíní)

le Nuala Ní Dhomhaill
Níl mo ghrá-sa
mar bhláth na n-airní
a bhíonn i ngairdín
(nó ar chrann ar bith)

is má tá aon ghaol aige
le nóiníní
is a chluasa a fhásfaidh siad
(nuair a bheidh sé ocht dtroigh síos).

Ní haon ghlaise cheolmhar
iad a shúile
(táid róchóngarach dá chéile
ar an gcéad dul síos)

is más slim é síoda
tá ribí a ghruaige
(mar bhean dhubh Shakespeare)
ina wire deilgní.

Ach is cuma sin.
Tugann sé dom
úlla
(is nuair a bhíonn sé i ndeá-ghiúmar caora fíniúna).

My Love (in brackets) 

By Nuala Ní Dhomhaill

My love is not
Like the blackthorn blossom
That grows in gardens
(Or on any tree at all)

And if he has anything to do
With daisies
They will grow out of his ears
(When he’s eight feet under)

No harmonising green
His eyes (or No Musical stream his eyes)
(They’re too close together
To begin with)

And if silk is smooth
The hairs on his head
(Like Shakespeare’s Dark Lady)
Are thorny wires

But it doesn’t matter
He gives me
Apples
(And grapes when he’s in good humour)

Translation sourced: Gléasnótaí Gaeilge 2014. Dublin: Mentor Books

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The Squirrel by Anonymous

The Squirrel by Anonymous

The Squirrel

by Anonymous

Whisky, frisky,
Hippity hop;
Up he goes
To the tree top!

Whirly, twirly,
Round and round,
Down he scampers
To the ground.

Furly, curly
What a tail!
Tall as a feather
Broad as a sail!

Where’s his supper?
In the shell,
Snappity, crackity,
Out it fell.

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Experiment by Danielle Sensier

Experiment by Danielle Sensier

Experiment

by Danielle Sensier

 At school we’re doing growing things

with cress.

Sprinkly seeds in plastic pots

of cotton wool.

Kate’s cress sits up on the sill

she gives it water.

Mine is shut inside the cupboard

dark and dry.

Now her pot has great big clumps

of green

mine hasn’t

Teacher calls it Science

I call it mean!

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National Poetry Month Celebration

National Poetry Month Celebration

It’s time to celebrate National Poetry Month! Last year, we have Voki users shared some of their favorite poetry with us. Take a look at them below:

A Poem by Emily Dickinson

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Warm Summer Sun by Mark Twain

We would love for you to send in more of your favorite poems. Just send us the embed code of your Voki poet to feedback@voki.com! Be sure to include the title, entire poem, and the poet’s name!

In addition to posting your favorite poems, we will be posting a fun Tip of the Week with a great poetry activity to do with your students! So be on the lookout for them!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Voki Poet: A Poem by Emily Dickinson

Voki Poet: A Poem by Emily Dickinson

We hope you were able to spend some time this month enjoying poetry in and out of the classroom! Happy National Poetry Month!

Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul 
And sings the tune without the words 
And never stops at all.

by Emily Dickinson

Voki Poet: Warm Summer Sun by Mark Twain

Voki Poet: Warm Summer Sun by Mark Twain

Warm Summer Sun

by Mark Twain

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night. 

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Voki Poet: Oh, the Place You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Voki Poet: Oh, the Place You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

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