The Human Songbird

Charles Waters

Grandma said, "It's time to go to bed."

"I'm not tired, can I stay up?"

I ask. "Well okay." She said.

"Come here, sit on my lap

I'll sing you a song."

Her melody

Gently puts

Me to



The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.


Charles Waters is a children’s poet, actor and educator who has performed in schools and universities across the country. His work has appeared in various textbooks and anthologies including The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry edited by former Children’s Poet Laureate of the United States J. Patrick Lewis. For more information please visit