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Wednesday, May 21, 2008 07:04 am

People's Poetry

Jacqueline Jackson presents

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in some papers of my grandma from the twenties or thirties I found where she’d apparently been trying to enter a limerick contest extolling the virtues of a product maybe still around but has dropped the old from its name since nobody likes any thing labeled old except maybe cheese the lines I found are “All your cleanup is easy as pie When Old Dutch is the cleanser you try. It’s new and it’s quicker and safer and thicker — ” there’s where the verse halted I seriously doubt my grandma knew the limerick about the vicar but maybe she sensed she was circling a drain where more than old dutch would be needed for cleanup

© Jacqueline Jackson 2008

I have always enjoyed poems that celebrate the small pleasures of life. Here Max Mendelsohn, age 12, of Weston, Mass., tells us of the joy he finds in playing with marbles.

Ode to Marbles
I love the sound of marbles scattered on the worn wooden floor, like children running away in a game of
  hide-and-seek.
I love the sight of white marbles, blue marbles, green marbles, black, new marbles, old marbles, iridescent marbles, with glass-ribboned swirls, dancing round and round. I love the feel of marbles, cool, smooth, rolling freely in my palm, like smooth-sided stars that light up the worn world.

Poem copyright © 2004 by The Children’s Art Foundation. Reprinted from Stone Soup (May/June, 2004, by permission of the publisher, www.stonesoup.com). American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ted Kooser served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. For more information, go to www.americanlifeinpoetry.org.
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