Poetry Friday: Who Has Seen The Wind?

Chicago has many things to love about it.
Spring weather is not one of them.
Victorian homes have many things to love about them.
Insulation is not one of them.

In honor of our “Windy City” weather, I offer this classic…and an update.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing through.


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.


– Christina Rossetti, Victorian poet

Who has felt the wind?
Surely you and I:

For when our teeth chatter and shake

The wind is passing by.


Who has felt the wind?

Surely I and you:

Our contractor skipped a critical step,

Now the wind is passing through
.

– Nadine Warner, Victorian owner

Note: Rossetti wrote a collection of nursery rhymes called Sing-Song. We actually do recite Who Has Seen the Wind on those particularly blustery days, and what I like about the poem is its ability to convey the unseen to young listeners in a very simple, accessible way.

(Try explaining the concept of helium gas in a ballon to a 2-year-old. You won’t get very far.)

Poetry helps us see the unseen. What a wonderful gift to give our children.

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1 Comment on Poetry Friday: Who Has Seen The Wind?

  1. I love Rosetti’s poems. Love Warner’s take on Who Has Seen the Wind! Our first house was a fixer-upper which badly needed insulation.

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