I Wonder, Poem by Jeannie Kirby

Summary of I wonder

I Wonder
I Wonder
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I wonder why the grass is green,
And why the wind is never seen?

bird nest
bird nest

Who taught the birds to build a nest,
And told the trees to take a rest?

O, when the moon is not quite round,
Where can the missing bit be found?

moon and stars
moon and stars

Who lights the stars, when they blow out,
And makes the lightning flash about?

Who paints the rainbow in the sky,
And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?

girl with father
girl with father

Why is it now, do you suppose,
That Dad won’t tell me, if he knows?


Summary of the poem: I wonder

I wonder is a poem about a rather intelligent and perceptive child who is curious about her surroundings. 

In this poem, the child is curious about the elements of nature. Throughout the poem, the child inquisitiveness is displaced through her questions about things around us.

The child is wondering about her surroundings and questions why the grass is green and not another color.  The person also wonders why she cannot see the wind although she can feel it

She continues to wonder who taught the birds to build a nest and how do the trees know when to stop growing.

She continues to ask about the moon When it is nor fully seen, wondering where the other half is hiding.

And she wonders who lights the stars at night and blows them out in the day and who makes the lightning flashing about

She keeps on asking who gave the rainbow its colors and the clouds high in the sky.

She cannot seem to get her answers and wonders why her father won’t tell her the answer if he knows.


The poem consists of six stanzas. Each stanza has two lines. Such two lines in a poem are called a couplet.

The language of the poem is simple and direct. The ending word in line 1 rhymes with the ending word of line 2.

Rhyme examples:
Couplet 1-green, seen
Couplet 2- nest, rest

This poem comprises themes such as the Inquisitiveness of children the beauty of nature, Appreciation of nature The mysteries of nature, and nature is an awesome creation of God.

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