Friday, May 11, 2012

Poetry Friday--Odgen Nash

My son is currently taken with the poetry of Odgen Nash. My first exposure to his work was a series of fun poems he wrote to The Carnival of the Animals, music by Camille Saint-Saens. When I found a volume of his works, I thought Aidan would like all of the Bryans and lions and nonsense. I was right--he  appreciated the silly verses and claimed it for a while.

Me, I just found a little pretty called "A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty." I personally liked turning thirty; I found it fit me. But the few years since then have etched their few lines, and I've been going gray for at least a decade....

Shining like the morning star, 

Like the twilight shining, 
Haunted by a calendar, 
Miranda is a-pining.

Silly girl, silver girl, 
Draw the mirror toward you; 
Time who makes the years to whirl 
Adorned as he adored you.

Read the rest here and be lightened.

Today's assortment of poetry is found at Live Your Poem.



Ed DeCaria said...

This is an excellent poem. Can't quite believe I've never read this before during my (and my wife's) "transition years".

Thanks for posting.


I'm Jet . . . said...

Such an interesting poem. Thanks for sharing it!


Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing this.

Ruth said...

"How old is Spring, Miranda?" Perfect.

Irene Latham said...

I have several friends who had trouble with 30. I was one of those "born older" people so aging has not been this issue for me ... yet! thank you so much for sharing. Odgen Nash is definitely a poem with appeal for all ages.

Doraine Bennett said...

Love that last line. How old is spring? It's funny to me that no matter how old you get, you don't really feel old inside. There, it's always spring.

laurasalas said...

Thanks for sharing this--I've never read it. I adore the mix of silliness and seriousness. It really takes you from one spot to another--like a Billy Collins poem (OK, totally different poetic styles, I know).

When I worked at Target over the holidays last year, a cashier was crying in the breakroom--because she was turning 30 that day!


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