Remembering a Lesser-Known Carroll

A tribute to Carroll Spinney

This Christmas, Carroll fills our hearts
with countless memories
of fifty years on Sesame Street.
America agrees.

The man who gave Big Bird his voice
(and gave the Grouch his too)
has left us through the door of death.
His much-charmed life is through.

For Carroll Spinney, kids came first.
He loved to help them learn.
And as we mourn Jim Henson’s friend,
for simpler days we yearn.

When puppets called us to pretend
on streets within our mind
and we watched with our little ones
the keys to being kind.

Yes, Carroll earned his Oscar
and he earned his Big Bird, too.
The voice whose face we rarely saw
spoke love to me and you.

Peace to his memory!