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Mr. Ivan, The Principal Poet

The Silent E Poem


I'm pretty poor at spelling,
So I think it's kind of funny
How when words aren't
All that hard to spell,
Someone adds a silent e.

For example, there's a shoe store,
In a town just down from mine.
Three silent e's
In that "Olde Shoe Shoppe."
And what's with that silent p?

Spelling's got me very puzzled.
That's why my grade's so low.
Now I need some extra credit
So I wrote my teacher a little note
Just so that she would know.

"Misse Smithe, I ame the studente
Whoe hase learnede of silente e.
Coulde youe please give me
Some extra pointse for
Everye silent e youe seeeeee?"

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Article by Ivan Kershner
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