May I poet with you – Al Young

Following is a favorite poem from “back in the day” that still touches me, thrills me reading it now.

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A song for little children

by Al Young

Always it’s either

A beginning

or some end:

the baby’s being born

or its parents are

dying, fading om

like the rose

of the poem

withers, its light going out

while gardens come in

to bloom


Let us stand on streetcorners

in the desolate era

& propose a new kind

of craziness


Let us salute one another

one by one

two by two

the soft belly

moving toward

the long sideburns

the adams apple

or no apple at all


Let there be

in this craziness

a moon

a violin

a drum


Let the beautiful brown girl

join hands with

her black sister

her golden sister

her milkskinned sister

their eternal wombs

turning with the moon


Let there be a flute

to squeal above

the beat & the bowing

to open us up

that the greens

the blues

the yellows

the reds

the silvers &

indescribable rusts

might flow out


& blend

with the wind


Let the wobby spin

of the earth

be a delight


a caress forms

the most perfect circle


Let the always be love

the beginning be love

love the only




I bought this volume in 1973.  It cost $2.95.  Imagine that.






About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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