Friday, October 27, 2006

Poetry Friday

My Poetry Friday entry comes from a beautiful new volume of poetry,
called The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, compiled and illustrated by Jackie Morris and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy. (Review to follow this weekend.)

I knew most of the poems in The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, so I chose one I did not recognize, but one that really spoke to me.

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and

may come home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea

E.E. Cummings

Gorgeous! I especially like the last four lines. Oh, how I miss the sea or ocean when I'm not near one.
If you know a young poet, Barefoot Books is running a poetry competition with a signed copy of The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems as its prize.
Liz B at A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy will be rounding up this week's Poetry Friday entries.