Theodore Roethke

(1908 - 1963 / Michigan / United States)

Child On Top Of A Greenhouse - Poem by Theodore Roethke

The wind billowing out the seat of my britches,
My feet crackling splinters of glass and dried putty,
The half-grown chrysanthemums staring up like accusers,
Up through the streaked glass, flashing with sunlight,
A few white clouds all rushing eastward,
A line of elms plunging and tossing like horses,
And everyone, everyone pointing up and shouting!


Comments about Child On Top Of A Greenhouse by Theodore Roethke

  • (3/12/2012 1:55:00 PM)


    Beautiful microscopic details unfolding through a youngsters childhood mischief. I cannot believe how little appreciation this piece has received... It to me deserves far more I love this... Nay I adore it... Karen (Report) Reply

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  • (4/20/2005 9:36:00 PM)


    I need hlep will someone help me please what does this poem mean (Report) Reply

    (2/3/2018 7:28:00 AM)

    I take it your paper/written exam has long receded into the past. Think hi-ku.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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