Blogtober 2018 – Day 4 – Ditty as it is National Poetry Day

Day 4 of Blogtober 2018, has the theme of Ditty, as it is National Poetry Day.  You can find out more about Poetry Day here

This year the theme for National Poetry Day is Change, there is a huge list of poems along this topic here which will be added to daily.

Whether you love poetry or hate it, there is always some form of poetry in something we read or think about each day.  My Daughter has a natural flair for poetry, and could write a poem so easily.   She has even had her poetry published in a book and a certificate with her poem printed on it.

I was looking through the list of recommended poems, thinking I will choose one, and ended up reading them all and finding it was a harder job to choose one after all.

In the end I chose The Seedling by Paul Laurence Dunbar

As a quiet little seedling
Lay within its darksome bed,
To itself it fell a–talking,
And this is what it said:

“I am not so very robust,
But I ‘ll do the best I can;”
And the seedling from that moment
Its work of life began.

So it pushed a little leaflet
Up into the light of day,
To examine the surroundings
And show the rest the way.

The leaflet liked the prospect,
So it called its brother, Stem;
Then two other leaflets heard it,
And quickly followed them.

To be sure, the haste and hurry
Made the seedling sweat and pant;
But almost before it knew it
It found itself a plant.

The sunshine poured upon it,
And the clouds they gave a shower;
And the little plant kept growing
Till it found itself a flower.

Little folks, be like the seedling,
Always do the best you can;
Every child must share life’s labor
Just as well as every man.

And the sun and showers will help you
Through the lonesome, struggling hours,
Till you raise to light and beauty
Virtue’s fair, unfading flowers.

Do you like poetry? Which is your favourite poem?

In case you missed them you can find previous posts

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3



  1. 4th October 2018 / 11:39 am

    That is such a sweet poem, and so true.

    • 5th October 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you x

    • 5th October 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you x

  2. 4th October 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Aww! I really like that poem. I have never read it before.

    • 5th October 2018 / 12:05 pm

      I hadn’t either before I read it, and thought I would share it x

  3. 4th October 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I’ve not heard that one before, its really lovely and perfect for spring. I’ve got so many favourites, but this one definitely sticks in my mind: The snail and the fail – by Dawn from Rhyming with Wine 🙂 #blogtober18

    • 5th October 2018 / 12:05 pm

      I hadn’t heard of this poem either until I read this one and loved it x

  4. 5th October 2018 / 7:11 am

    Love this poem. Reminds me of spring. #Blogtober

    • 5th October 2018 / 12:04 pm

      I know, my favourite season x

  5. 5th October 2018 / 7:12 am

    Oooh this one makes me think of my hubby and his allotment 🙂 #Blogtober

    • 5th October 2018 / 12:04 pm

      It had a similar feeling with me but with my Dad and his garden x

  6. 7th October 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Lovely poem, thanks for sharing #Blogtober18

    • 7th October 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you x

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