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.

Illustrated by Pamela Carroll