Monday, June 9, 2008
Roses, Mud and Tosies
One of my favorite books, as a child, was Poems to Read and to
Learn, Golden Press, 1955, a cheery pink book with charming
illustrations by Grace Dalles Clark. It included 80 well known poems
by Robert Louis Stevenson, A. A. Milne, Christina Rossetti, Walter
de la Mare, Hilda Clonkling, Rachel Field, Kate Greenaway, Vachel
Lindsay and many others. I attribute my love of poetry to this
wonderful little book.
I've had this sweet poem in my mind all week and decided to post on
it, since my yellow roses have started to bloom. There is a certain
perfect consistency of mud, smooth and pliable, that is marvelous to
plant your feet into on a hot summer day.
Mud is very nice to feel
All squishy-squash between the toes!
I'd rather wade in wiggly mud
Than smell a yellow rose.
Nobody else but the rosebush knows
How nice mud feels
Between the toes.
Polly Chase Boyden