Earth by Oliver Herford


If this little world tonight
Suddenly should fall through space
In a hissing headlong flight,
Shrivelling from off its face,
As it falls into the sun,
In an instant every trace
Of the little crawling things –
Ants, philosophers, and lice,
Cattle, cockroaches, and kings,
Beggars, millionaires, and mice,
Men and maggots all as one
As it falls into the sun….
Who can say but at the same
Instant from some planet far
A child may watch us and exclaim:
“See the pretty shooting star!”

-Oliver Herford

Borrowed from Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle


One thought on “Earth by Oliver Herford

  1. Rachel Grossman

    When I was in 7th grade we were required in English class to memorize a poem and then repeat it from memory for the class. I am now 30 and still have this poem memorized.

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