Sesame Street
Poem Day
Air date December 20, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors Q, S, 19
This episode guide has been compiled from the NHK episode guides.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 In verse, Big Bird, Telly, Maria, Luis, and the kids announce that it is Poem Day and to segue to the next bit starring Grover...
Grover the Messenger
Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the messenger goes to Mr. Johnson's home to deliver some singing telegrams. After reading a series of wrong telegrams, he reads another one that actually is for Mr. Johnson, and an important one at that, but Grover does not remember who it is from.
(First: Episode 1828)
Cartoon At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2085)
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)
SCENE 2 While Big Bird is waiting for a delivery from the Letter and Number Store, Slimey serves as the letter S so Big Bird can tell his S poem. Anything Muppet delivery men Tyrone and Gus arrive too late with the letter S, and have to go all the way back to the store to fetch the other letter Big Bird ordered.
Cartoon S for sing
(First: Episode 0824)
Muppets A heartbroken groom sings "Don't Walk."
(First: Episode 2454)
Cartoon The Carrot
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1132)
SCENE 3 Telly asks Oscar the Grouch for help writing a poem. Oscar suggests he write one about Oscar moving away from Sesame Street so he doesn't have to hear Telly's poem. Telly gets sad writing the poem about Oscar leaving, so Maria suggests he write one about Oscar coming back. Telly is happy and wants to hug Oscar, who says he liked the sad poem better. Telly recites the sad poem again, gets sad, Maria tells him to recite the happy one again. Telly finds a compromise and writes a poem about feeling sad when Oscar moved, and hugging Maria to feel better. Both Oscar and Maria like that poem.
Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho demonstrates before and after.
(First: Episode 0694)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
(First: Episode 2050)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to fool Bert with his disguises such as a pirate disguise and a bearded Red Riding Hood disguise, but Bert has recognized him and tells him to stop trying to fool him. Then a wolf knocks on the door and Bert is convinced it's Ernie in disguise again- until Ernie appears at the door!
(First: Episode 1170)
Cartoon A boy has fun with his wood plank.
(First: Episode 1503)
SCENE 4 The delivery men are late again, so the kids help Big Bird recite his poem about the letter Q. The delivery men show up and say they got stuck in the Martian Day Parade. Big Bird asks if they brought the numbers he ordered, which they do not. They head back to the store as Big Bird remarks that it's too bad Poem Day and Martian Parade Day always fall on the same day.
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz and the Anything Muppets sing "Numero Comparsa."
(First: Episode 2318)
Cartoon What if we celebrated Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts?
(First: Episode 0488)
Film Flowers with rain and dew drops.
Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D Major II - Largo
(First: Episode 0008)
SCENE 5 Mr. Snuffleupagus leads Big Bird, Maria, Luis, and the kids in a game he calls "Finish My Rhyme."
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
Muppets At the saloon, Clementine asks for Forgetful Jones to sing a song. Buster plays "What's the Name of That Song?" on the piano, and the crowd (including a cow) sings along, but Forgetful keeps asking what the name of the song is.
(First: Episode 1696)
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
SCENE 6 The delivery men are finally on time, and they assist Big Bird with a poem about the numbers 1, 9, and 19.
Cartoon Rap #19
(First: Episode 2560)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie tells Bert to stand still in front of the camera so that he can "trace" Bert's face on the screen.
(First: Episode 0536)
Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that “Q” starts the word “quarter.”
(First: Episode 0046)
SCENE 7 Maria and Luis recite a poem about Gabi, and how she can pick up cookies and toys. The delivery men say they can pick things up too, and drive a truck, so why hasn't anyone written a poem about them? Luis and Maria write a poem in appreciation for all the delivery men's trips through the Martian Day Parade.
Cartoon A dog tries desperately to meow, but can only bark.
(First: Episode 0829)
Film In Alaska, a sculptor makes carvings of cold climate animals.
Music: David Snell
(First: Episode 2365)
Muppets An Anything Muppet girl reads "hug" with Herry.
(First: Episode 1084)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)
SCENE 8 The kids tell Maria, Luis, and Telly their poems.
Animation "¡Él juega beisbol!"
(First: Episode 2101)
Muppets "Forty Blocks From My Home"
(First: Episode 2614)
Cartoon mydoghappy
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
SCENE 9 Maria asks Telly for a poem about saying good-bye, but he gets sad again. She suggests he write a poem about seeing everyone tomorrow. Oscar announces the sponsors.

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