December 4, 2007

A Gift of Darkness

Inspired by a Brazilian folktale, The Sea Serpent’s Daughter

I would gather darkness from
Under my pillow,
From under my blanket and
From under my bed.

I would gather dark from
My Mom’s kitchen cabinets in the kitchen,
From my toy closet behind everything and
From the mud.

I would gather darkness from
A trashcan,
From a metal clothes closet and
From underground.

I would gather dark from
The sky,
From under a tree and
From nighttime.

I would put the dark in a cardboard box,
And surround it with metal,
Color it red, and put pink
Ribbon on it.
I’d decorate it with stars.

I would close the box
With a lock, a blue and grey metal lock,
And tie it up with a red and white
Dotted string.

I would give it to my Grandma
Who is tired from
Mowing the lawn
All daylong.

I would find her in the living room
Lying on the couch.
Grandma would say,

A group poem by Ms. Benedetto’s 1st & 2nd grade,
Yoncalla Elementary School


Anonymous said...

Aww Really sweet and lovely poem :) Saying Thanks is one of the best things in the world to do :)

Peace and Many Blessings!

Peace is every step said...

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Colin said...


Kuan Gung said...

Clever...very clever

Swahilya said...

A wonderful gift of darkness, which is nothing but condensed light!

Jon said...

Meredith no post-post no more?

Trev Diesel said...

Meredith -

Do you still check this? If so, I need to chat with you about something. Can you fire me a quick email to ?


CJ said...

just stopped to check in on an old blog friend and was sad to see you hadn't posted in a while. hope you're well.

Meredith said...

Dear Friends of Graceful Presence,
I'm still here, just taking a break. Thanks for coming by, and leaving me a note. I appreciate it.

Julie said...

It's been a long time. I hope you're well.

jbmoore said...

You've been tagged Meredith (

Many Blessings,