John Ciardi Poems
- Why Nobody Pets The Lion At Th... The morning that the ...
- About The Teeth Of Sharks The thing about a shark ...
- White Heron What lifts the heron leaning on the air I ...
- The Dolls Night after night forever the dolls lay stiff by ...
- Suburban Yesterday Mrs. Friar phoned.'Mr. Ciardi, how...
- Most Like An Arch This Marriag... Most like an arch—an entrance...
- An Apartment With A View I am in Rome, Vatican bells tolling ...
John Anthony Ciardi (June 24, 1916 – March 30, 1986) was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. In 1959, Ciardi published a book on how to read, write, and teach poetry, How Does a Poem Mean?, which has proven to be among the most-used books of its kind. At the peak of his popularity in the early 1960s, Ciardi also had a network television program on CBS, Accent. Ciardi's impact on poetry is perhaps best ... more »
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Why Nobody Pets The Lion At The Zoo
The morning that the world began
The Lion growled a growl at Man.
And I suspect the Lion might
(If he'd been closer) have tried a bite.
I think that's as it ought to be
And not as it was taught to me.
I think the Lion has a right
To growl a growl and bite a bite.
And if the Lion bothered Adam,
He should have growled right back at 'im.
The way to treat a Lion right
Is growl for growl and bite for bite.
True, the Lion is better fit
For biting than for being bit.
But if you look him in the eye
You'll find the Lion's rather ...