Mary Ann Hoberman


Here’s a poem from my latest book AWAY WITH WORDS!, published earlier this year. The book is illustrated by my son Perry. It’s our first collaboration but hopefully not our last!

February, funny word,
With my “r” that’s hardly heard,
Different in so many ways,
I’m the month with fewest days;
And another thing that’s strange is
I’m the only month that changes:
Every leap year – one in four –
I am given one day more,
Twenty-nine from twenty-eight
(Not so easy to keep straight).
Still it’s lots of fun to vary –
I like being February!

From AWAY WITH WORDS! Wise & Witty Poems for Language Lovers, ill. Perry Hoberman (Little Brown, 2022)

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