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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 2, June 2016

Janet Lynn Davis
Grimes County, Texas, USA

Fishing for Words

Found after decades! Packed away with other favorites of mine, their spines barely affixed, A Child's Garden of Verses (a condensed pop-up edition) and The Golden Book of Poetry . . . coming back to life.

I don't know exactly when, or why, my writerly muse first emerged—or where it came from. (But perhaps it was fed by the lines within these very books?) Nor can I explain my inability to hold onto my muse for very long at any given time. Yet even after I've convinced myself it's sailed off for good, I will probably half expect to find it again, waiting for me in some invisible box or misty sea.

Blynken, and Nod,
poets three
in the same wooden shoe
without their nets of gold

Author's Notes:

The above tanka refers to "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," Eugene Field, 1889; "misty sea" is derived from the same poem.

The Golden Book of Poetry, various poets (including Field), 1947.

A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885.



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