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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Poem by Jane Yolen for National Poetry Month

Once again combining poetry and Carl's Once Upon a Time challenge:

             "Once Upon A Time," She Said

                          by Jane Yolen

"Once upon a time," she said,
and the world began anew:
a vee of geese flew by,
plums roasting in their breasts;
a vacant-eyed princess
sat upon a hillock of glass;
a hut strolled through a tangled wood,
the nails on its chickenfeet
blackened and hard as coal;
a horse's head proclaimed advice
from the impost of an arch;
one maiden spoke in toads,
another in pearls,
and a third with the nightingale's voice.
If you ask me,
I would have to say
all the world's magic
comes directly from the mouth.
(via Endicott Studio)

I've been so busy this last week with one thing or another that I've not been keeping up with my blogging.  

To be reviewed:  The Shadow Hunt by Katherine Langrish (buddy read with Kailana), The Golden Child by Penelope Fitzgerald, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell,  Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay, and The Whisperers by John Connolly.


  1. What is the title of Yolen's poetry collection? I'm very intrigued!

  2. Read - I found the poem at Endicott Studio. Link follows the poem.

  3. Oh I like that!

    Hope you are doing great. I've been very behind on blogging and stuff as well so all. Hope you get a chance to rest up from all that busyness!

  4. Great poem! Love the line about the vacant eyed princess.

  5. Lovely poem! I must find the collection. Thanks for posting it!

  6. Iliana - Isn't it a great poem? I really like Yolen's poetry.

    Anne - Love all the fairy tale references! And the magic continues through the mouths and pens of people like Jane Yolen.

    Katherine - I've loved all of the poems by Yolen. She has a gift for both stories and poetry. There are other wonderful poems at Endicott Studio.