Hush!


Hush! Stop the big sounds,
Listen to the small.
Can you hear the leaves brush
Against the garden wall?
Can you hear the busy hum
Of a bumblebee?
Can you hear the grasses
Swishing lazily?
Can you hear the tapping
Of a woodpecker’s bill?
Can you hear the splashing
As the brook runs down the hill?
Can you hear the little sounds
About us everywhere?
Oh, there’s special joy in them
For all who listen well and care.

[illustration] Illustrated by Pamela Carroll