word poem #8

walter de la mare's peacock pie

a book of poems for children was

given me as a kid some poems I

liked some I never even read it

was a big book a favorite was

(and is) "Silver": "Slowly, silently,

now the moon walks the night in

her silver shoon" I didn't need to be

told shoon's meaning of course it was

an old-fashioned spelling of shoes and

how much nicer the poem continues

with moon-silvered "homely" images –

"Couched in his kennel, like a log, With

paws of silver sleeps the dog"– silver fruit

on silver trees, silver fish motionless in a

silver pool I am finding in these days of

distancing it is calming to think on silver

on shoon – saw it in a recent crossword

2020 Jacqueline Jackson

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