The words you speak kiss me with promises
of time filled with love
precious and fleeting
Your eyes speak a language of understanding
of times behind us
yet to be made
Your heart urges mine into the same rhythm
of life and living
of what remains
It’s simple with you and me.
Because of where we have been
We understand where we are going
And cherish the road that takes us there
* Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith *
I have always loved classic poetry. I am sure it is because my mother read poems to us as children. When my own children were born, I read the same poems to them in hopes they would remember and in some way bridge the generations to a grandmother they were never blessed to meet.
Today I came across one of my simple favorites from Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses – a book every child should have – entitled ‘Auntie’s Skirts’.
My aunts did not wear skirts. They grew up during WWII when many women left the home and went to work to support the war efforts. I am sure the beautiful illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith helped turn Stevenson’s words into a magical world for me.
I hope there is a new generation of writers who love poetry and celebrate the beauty and grace of the poets that made my childhood so magical. I close my eyes and imagine a the simple observations of every day life detailed with words spun of gold.
If you are a writer, I challenge you to write today. If you are a poet, I challenge you to pen beautiful prose that will inspire the imagination of readers and illustrators alike. We need you both for our future generation of dreamers and lovers of the written word.
Whenever Auntie moves around,
Her dresses make a curious sound,
They trail behind her up the floor,
And trundle after through the door.
(Many thanks to Project Gutenberg for making literature readily accessible to millions.)
A simple seed;
dropped into fertile soil,
nurtured and fed –
grows strong and tall,
spreads her limbs…
plants seeds of her own
then in winter,
lowers her arms to sleep
and waits to be reborn.