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Welcome to The Once Lost Wanderer. The name is derived from two poems: Amazing Grace by reformed slave trader John Newton, and All That is Gold Does Not Glitter by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April is Poetry Month (April 13, 2016)

Some years ago, but still after I was an adult, my aunt told me that the boy in the Dreamworks logo, reminded her of me, as a child. I was flattered - I'm jealous of that boy - and I have to admit, he is sort of reminiscent. I had a pretty carefree childhood, most summer days spent without shoes, and I did a fair bit of fishing - often by myself. I still love fishing by myself. Anyway, my aunt's comment, and the logo inspired the following:

The Boy in the Moon
by J.E. Fountain

When I was young and did not know
That such things were not done
I rode the moon across the sky
One summer eve for fun

It seemed to me a natural thing
Indeed my only thought
A perch from which to cast my line
No matter what I caught

But once aloft in starry seas
I soon forgot my quest
And settled in my worthy craft
To sail from East to West

So thus reclined on crescent moon
I gazed at stars below
Reflected in the glassy pond
And stirred them with my toe

In time I reached the morning shore
And climbed down from my seat
I took my weary head to home
On star dipped shoeless feet

I always thought I'd ride again
One day, one day, a lie
For one day turns into the next
They're ever slipping by

And youth gives way, and youthful dreams
There is no time for fun
For now I'm old and know too well
What is and is not done



© 2015 Joseph E. Fountain

5 comments:

  1. I. Love. This. Seriously, I am all goose-bumps. My favorite line is "star dipped shoeless feet," but the whole thing delights me. Would you mind if I printed it off for my own poetry collection?

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    1. Of course I wouldn't mind. Thanks!

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  2. Wow, that is awesome!!! You bring such vivid images to life! I hope that you have other "Joseph" poems that you can share with us!

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    1. Thanks Cleo. I have a few more I plan to share before the month is done. And I'm slowly adding things under the Wanderers Prose and Wanderers Poetry tabs at the top of the page.

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