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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Forgotten Memories of My Childhood-One More

This is still my most favourite poem from grade school. I remember first reading it and thinking the author was just goofy but the one section (the bolded section) has remained in my brain and has not released. As I've aged and revisited the poem, my perpective has changed. Today I realize that it's about modern times and how we go through life each following what we think is our unique path when in fact someone in the next town is doing the exact same thing. Just think, there's another you just at the next town.

Here's the poem in its entirety (I apologize that Blogger's not allowing my edits to stick--

anyone lived in a pretty how town

anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did.
Women and men
(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain
children guessed
(but only a few and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)
they said their nevers they slept their dream
stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain)
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)
one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
with by spirit and if by yes.
Women and men
(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain

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Blogger Skittles said...


December 09, 2006 9:53 AM  

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