Poetry by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

I like you 
by Sandol Stoddard Warburg 
I like you 
and I know why. 
I like you because 
you are a good person to like. 
I like you because 
when I tell you something special, 
you know it’s special 
And you remember it 
a long, long time. 
You say, 
Remember when you told me 
something special 
And both of us remember. 
When I think something is important 
you think it’s important too 
We have good ideas 
When I say something funny, you laugh 
I think I’m funny 
and you think I’m funny too 
I like you because 
you know where I’m ticklish 
And you don’t tickle me there 
except just a little tiny bit 
But if you do, then I know where 
to tickle you too 
You know how to be silly 
That’s why I like you 
Boy are you ever silly 
I never met anybody sillier than me 
till I met you 
I like you because 
you know when it’s time to stop 
being silly 
Maybe day after tomorrow 
Maybe never 
Oops! Too late, 
it’s a quarter past silly 
We fool around the same way all the time 
Sometimes we don’t say a word 
We snurkle under fences 
We spy secret places 
If I am a goofus on the roofus 
hollering my head off 
You are one too 
If I pretend I am drowning, 
you pretend you are saving me 

If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag, 
then you are getting ready to jump 
That’s because you really like me 
You really like me, don’t you 
And I really like you back 
And you like me back and I like you back 
And that’s the way we keep on going every day 
If you go away, then I go away too 
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard 
You don’t just say 
Well see you around sometime, bye 
I like you a lot because of that 
If I go away, I send you a postcard too 
And I like you because if we go away together 
And if we are in Grand Central Station 
And if I get lost 
Then you are the one that is yelling for me 
And I like you because when I am feeling sad 
You don’t always cheer me up right away 
Sometimes it is better to be sad 
You can’t stand the others being 
so googly and gaggly 
every single minute 
You want to think about things 
It takes time 
I like you because if I am mad at you 
Then you are mad at me too 
It’s awful when the other person isn’t 
They are so nice and hoo-hoo 
you could just about punch them in the nose 
I like you because 
if I think I am going to throw up 
then you are really sorry 
You don’t just pretend you are busy 
looking at the birdies and all that 
You say, maybe it was something you ate 
You say, the same thing happened to me one time 
And the same thing did 
If you find two four-leaf clovers, 
you give me one 
If I find four, I give you two 
If we only find three, we keep on looking 
Sometimes we have good luck, 
and sometimes we don’t 
If I break my arm, 
and if you break your arm too 
Then it’s fun to have a broken arm 
I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours 
We are both sorry 
We write our names and draw pictures 
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too 
I like you because I don’t know why but 
Everything that happens is nicer with you 
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you 
It must have been lonesome then 
I like you because because because 
I forget why I like you but I do 
So many reasons 
On the 4th of July I like you 
because it’s the 4th of July 
On the fifth of July, I like you too 
If you and I had some drums 
and some horns and some horses 
If we had some hats and some flags 
and some fire engines 
We could be a HOLIDAY 
We could be a CELEBRATION 
We could be a WHOLE PARADE 
See what I mean? 
Even if it was the 999th of July 
Even if it was August 
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November 
Even if it was no place particular in January 
I would go on choosing you 
And you would go on choosing me 
Over and over again 
That’s how it would happen every time 
I don’t know why 
I guess I don’t know why I really like you 
Why do I like you 
I guess I just like you 
I guess I just like you because I like you.