One Warm, Sunny Day

A Nonsense Poem for Kids

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From the book My Dog Likes to Disco

One warm, sunny day
on a cold, snowy night,
the inky-black darkness
was sunny and bright.

The evening that morning–
that midnight at noon–
was late in December,
one April in June.

I stood where I sat
as I ran, lying still,
deep down in a valley
on top of a hill.

The people beside me
were nowhere around.
The birds in the sky were
all deep underground.

The fish in the tree
were asleep in their nest,
and watched the sun set
as it rose in the west.

Yes, that’s what I saw
when my eyes were closed tight,
one warm, sunny day
on a cold, snowy night.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 3

Topics: Imaginary Poems, Wacky Weirdness

Poetic Techniques: Narrative Poems, Nonsense Poems, Paradox Poems


About This Poem

One of my favorite poems when I was young was a nonsense poem called “The Dying Fisherman’s Song,” which you can read by clicking here. When I was in the fourth grade, I memorized it because I loved the rhythm, the rhyming, and the fact that every line of the poem contradicted itself; that is, it said one thing and the opposite at the same time. This old poem has inspired a few of my own poems, including this one, and another one called On the Thirty Third of Januaugust. I hope you enjoy all of these poems.

From the Book My Dog Likes to Disco

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