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Thursday, July 26, 2012

In a poem, you can keep things...

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"I think, in a way, 
a poem is like a museum.  
It's a place where you can keep safe 
the things you love 
or that you find interesting.  
You can keep a beautiful snakeskin 
in a poem, and you can keep 
the look of the sun shining through it.  
You can keep the papery feel, 
and the rustle the skin makes 
when you pick it up.  
You can keep the excitement.

In a poem, you can keep things 
you could never put in a real museum -- 
things like a ride on a merry-go-round.  
You can keep feelings of sadness and joy.  
You can keep love, safe forever."

 ~ Patricia Hubbell,
 in The Place My Words are Looking For

This must be why I enjoy writing poetry so much! :)


  1. Patricia HubbellJuly 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Dear Janelle,
    Thank you so much for liking my words and for using them with that lovely picture.I recently celebrated my 84th birthday and love reading and writing poetry as much as I did when I was in elementary school.
    I wish you much happiness with your writing.
    Patricia Hubbell

  2. Dear Ms. Hubbell,

    Thank YOU for your kind words. I feel so honored that you commented here on my blog. I loved reading this quote in the book -- and also your poetry, of course! What you said makes a lot of sense to me, using poetry as a way to keep the things that we love.

    Thank you, again!


  3. Patricia HubbellJuly 27, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Hi Janelle,

    Now that I've discovered your blog I'm going to keep reading it. I think you're selecting lovely poems for it.

    All best,

  4. Hello, again, and thank you! You just made my day! :) I am very happy to welcome you as a reader of my blog.