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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

Scholastic, Simon & Schuser, Capstone, Boyds Mills, Abrams, Orca, Charlesbridge and other publishers.

Tell Me

about how you lost
your interest
in words

about how you feel
so full
of them

you think you might
break out
in red letters

think if you hear
another one
you will scream

will run blindly
into the woods
and hide

will dip your finger
into the stream
and write your final line

will lie on your back
and stare up
at the stars

will run home
through the dark
and sit alone by the fire

until someone who cares
comes to your side and says
“Tell me”


© 2010 Charles Ghigna

6 comments:

Ashley said...

You are an amazing poet; I love how your words say it ALL with such precision.

FATHER GOOSE (Charles Ghigna) said...

Thank you, Ashley.
Much appreciated.

Patricia said...

Wow! I'm still catching my breath...

juliepierce said...

Why does it move me to tears? Because I long for someone to come say "tell me," I guess. Thank you for articulating this longing so well.

laurasalas said...

Haunting poem, Charles. So many kids feel this way...

Jacqui said...

This is my favorite yet. Absolutely gorgeous.