Cleveland Louis Plonsey
This photo was taken when Cleveland was 3 1/2. At that time, he
and poetry. All of the poetry below dates from his 4th year on the planet.
I'm Crying Because the Circus is Loud I'm crying because the circus is loud And many tears are falling down Like raindrops falling down And many colors are mixing to green colors like this They mix and mix and mix -- into a butterfly! And people will clap. They say, "Ladies and Gentlemen!" And I hope they say, "Gentlemen!" And I say, "Gentlemen!" And it turns into green colors And into a butterfly And it turns into tires And it turns into tigers No!! Tigers are striped! Tell Me About the Circus The circus starts and it don't want it to stop It's to start! And everyone sits And Mickey sits in a backpack And -- Be quiet, everyone! Something goes "Tu-whoo!" in the dark Mickey say, "Tu-whoo!" And I see Daddy say, "Tu-whoo!" In the dark "Tu-whoo!" -- in the circus Circus And everyone quiet Everyone quiet, today Quiet today There's two ropes going up Up up up up up! Up up up up up up up up up! Up up up up up up up up up! UP! Moo moo moo me me me me moe -- a train A train. I hear it: a train Red and Yellow Mickey started to pick up some other plants today, that are red A Circus Today, Robert Horton to a poem, that is, a circus Circus Everyone Crackers! Put them in my mouth.[all of above poems from 9/7/99]
About My Rabbit I say, "Mmm, mm, mm!" I say, "Mmm, mm, mm!" It goes, "Mmm, mm, mm!" My rabbit is no saddy-ears! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! I take my hand to pull out my hair! We're falling We're following Ezra, Ezra, Ezra, Ezra And we pick down Cleveland and Be Ezra! We da doo dee doo dee Winnie-the-Pooh Doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, Doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo. This is a song, "Night Train": "See -- how the night trains go!" "Where the Wild Things Are" Up and up and up -- He can't believe it! He's dancing He's a duck He's sort of a duck. They have come out of a cave, a tunnel, come, come, come.9/24/99
Untitled 1 [Believed to be about either Fred Frith, or "Linda"] I've got a guitar! Two weeks, I'm playing music! "Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm!" I won't stop! I'm playing music faster! "Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm! Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm! Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm! Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm! Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm!" Soon I will jump! Soon I will sit down! Probably Soon I will get up and pour some Mickey Milk into the Milk Basket Mickey like milk because. . . I'm playing a guitar Player I'm a guitar player "Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm!" "Bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm, bowm!" He sits down. He's a guitar player with me. He wants to sit down, You want to play my guitar? See if my rabbit wants to play. . .[9/24/99]
Kisses, and Cheerios My kisses Smells Good We put some delicious Cheerios in the large, huge spoon!!! For Dan Stern We're going to Dan Stern's house tomorrow We knock over music, We knock over music, We knock over music, All over outside We Live on Planets We live on planets near Earth, and there are lots of stars there, And there are storms. Storms on the fruit and make juice. My Nipples I want to see my nipples! Nipples! Where are you? Peek them out. Two nipples. I want to snuff them. The Mommy Steps I want to climb up the Mommy Steps I put one foot and two foot on the Mommy Steps One, Two. One, Two. One, Two. Those Cereals Noooo! Noooooo! No, no, no, no, noooo! We don't eat those cereals because We are going into dinner. Allie I'm see you next week and and and and Play and like this [claps] and all the friends make [claps] and talk about Allie and about Going to the merry-go-round and stories and Powm Powm Powm and stories and pictures and I want Allie to come in my house! and her Mommy and Daddy is not here in my house, and Allie is not here any more, and Allie is gone. Going, going, going, going, going. They're going to the elephant house and say... "Hello, hello, I'm going to kiss you," says the elephant Rocking Horse You made this rocking horse for my birthday. You put beautiful paints on my rocking horse. I'm so proud of you. I sit on my purple chair and I rock. You are a girl, Mommy! Hi Horse! Hi Horse! One, two, three, four, five, bing, bing, bing...[10/4/99]
Porcupines There's a man who's going to help a little boy go to Cleveland's house. Because I love porcupines. That porcupine is ow-y in the dark.[10/12/99]
I Go in Poetry Too I go in poetry too. Write another sound. Write more. An Octopus Day An octopus day. Cleveland! Waaaah![10/21/99]
Big Cow with Ears I want to be a big cow with ears! I want to be the tail of a cow. I want to be a pony. I want to bake in the oven and make a pig. I want a pony to make. How ponies to do we have? We have a flavored one and a peach one and cone cone piece of pigs. Blue color for you and me and first Dan and Mantra and me You get to be purple, and I'm blue and Mommy's blue I want to live in some gravel. Go: "Toot toot!"
Fruit Fly I'm a gentleman I'm a fruit fly Come on upstairs and eat me fruit. I want to be that way I want to be that way I want fruit, fly. The Exit Song First I have to pocket my pocket--- I have so many songs I wrote. Is everybody ready? Sing the rehearsal note 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! In goes the exit Out go the cars Through go the turkeys By go the trucks One Song One song, Not the other song Write another note and I'll write the first note. Snack Song 1, 2, 3, 4, Snack! Not Scared At the circus they say "Ladies and Gentlemen" I'm not scared of the Wild Things I'm not scared of the circus.
Is everybody ready?? Okay: Everybody blow bubbles! BBBBLLLLRRRRLLLB! Okay, now we're going to sing the Exit Song. But first I have to sing the Tree Song After I sing the Car Song Is everybody ready?? Sing the rehearsal note: 1, 2, 3, 4! Now let's sing the Exit Song After I rest for a minute. That's Going to be our Bird Song Dumpling Dumpling Dumpling Dumpling Dumpling Dumpling Dumpling Dumpling Dog dog dog Dog dog dog. A Very Quiet Song Trees in the forest. (Isn't that a beautiful song?) Cinderella I Once upon a time There was a little girl named Sanderella. And she lived with Cinderella. And she lived with Neelock. And she lived with Poohcock. And he lived with Piglet and Eeyore and Christopher Robin in a wonderful safe of make believe. And that was to meet Cinderella In her New castle and The Prince. Acrobatics I'm doing acrobatics and I'm working at the office and the office told me it might hurt me so we can't do that. I'm doing acrobatics and the towel told me it might hurt me and it might burn me and it's hot I'm doing acrobatics and the towel told me that swimming might swim me up and Boom my head and Boom drop a ball on my head and I'm doing that because the towel told me the waffle might swim me up! The towel said, "My gosh!" and the towel sent me, and said I might stop hitting because "I might bite." Might bite my head. And I said, "Ow!"
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