Mr. Rogers’ “Garden of Your Mind” Remix

While this isn’t about a book or poem, the following video from PBS Digital took me back immediately to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and how much I loved the show growing up.

It wasn’t just The Neighborhood of Make Believe and the puppets, Reardon, Mr. McFeeley, Fred Rogers himself, or the other people who made the show what it was. I just liked the way the whole show encouraged kids to use their imaginations–to be curious and have fun. I tried to copy a lot of the craft projects I saw on the show (They didn’t turn out quite right! 🙂 ).

Two of my favorite episodes were when the children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was featured. In addition to The Snowy Day and Whistle for Willie, I also lied a story about how Peter hears some unusual music–eventually leading him to the jazz saxophonist who is blind, who is his neighbor in the apartment complex, Maybe I’m not recalling it right, because it was so long ago. I can’t even remember the title.

I also credit the show for introducing me to Walter de la Mare’s “Silver.” The version below is from


Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

So when I saw “Garden of Your Mind” I knew I had to set it down somehow. Kinda couldn’t get the rap beat out of my head. Music and I have come to a parting of the ways for a while–I’m not certain why. But I just decided not to force things anymore. It’ll come back when it comes back. I’m trying to listen, but it is just not the same. I miss it.

Somehow, I think Fred Rogers would approve of the remix.


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