(Part of “Good News Saturdays” on Winds of Change.NET)
Canadian poet Dennis Lee is famous for this children’s poems, via books like Alligator Pie. As this poem shows, there’s another side to his work:
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The light was free and easy then,
Among the maple trees,
And music drifted over
From the neighbours’ balconies;
Half my mind was nodding
With the asters in their ranks,
And half was full to burstingWith a hungry kind of thanks.
It wasn’t just the mottled play
Of light upon the lawn.
I didn’t hope to live back all the
Good times that were gone;
All I wanted was to let
The light and maples be,
Yet something came together as they
Entered into me.