Wise Words from a Poet of Childhood

June 13, 2008

This week's Friday quotation is taken from Caroline Kennedy's beautiful anthology, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. We've mentioned this book before, and the more we read it with our little ones, the more we treasure it. The poems within touch on small children's dearest passions: animals, silliness, seasons, the seashore, adventure, bedtime, and yes, me -- all about me.


As long as I live
I shall always be
My Self--and no other,
Just me.

Like a tree,
Willow, elder,
Aspen, thorn,
Or cypress forlorn.

Like a flower,
For its hour --
Primrose, or pink,
Or a violet --
Sunned by the sun,
And with dewdrops wet.

Always just me.

-Walter de la Mare

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