Saturday, May 12, 2012

Maurice and his Magic Pen

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

He sent our imaginations
Out on a grand adventure,
Dancing with wild things,
Conjuring little monsters,
But my affection resides
In the life you gave to a Little Bear
Off on his first gentle wanderings,
Exploring the wide world
While keeping a mindful eye on home.

Rest well, Maurice.
I’m sure you’ll find
As you return home
From your own grand adventure
That your supper is waiting
In the bedroom, still hot.

~~~This poem was written in response to a prompt from dVerse Poets Pub asking us to draw inspiration from celebrated author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose work has captivated several generations of children.


Aaron Kent said...

The monsters Maurice conjured truely were magic. Wonderful poem. Thank you for joining the wild rumpus!

Mary said...

Mary, this is such a touching poem! I will have to look for that book!

Claudia said...

those are lovely words for an interesting man...and yeah...hope there's a hot supper waiting for him..

Heaven said...

I like the little bear too ~

Nice tribute to the writer whose imagination brought us into the wild things ~

Daydreamertoo said...

Oh, I do hope his supper is on the table waiting and still hot too. :)
Lovely tribute Mary.

Brian Miller said...

nice...great hit...he did illustrate little bear as well...and my boys loved little bear well before max...smiles...

Natasha Head said...

Wonderful! I LOVE your closing stanza, and the photo is fantastic! Couldn't ask for a better play on the prompt.

Anonymous said...

What a kind, empathetic closing, loved it.

Laurie Kolp said...

Little Bear was one of our favorites, too. I just love this, Mary.

Hannah said...

Goosebumps, Mary!! Your ending REALLY grabbed me in a spiritual way. Great work!

Anonymous said...

very tender sentiments

when do we stop being a child

Fred Rutherford said...

Fantastic piece Mary, love the positive vibe, uplifting and touching. Great write. Thanks

kaykuala said...

A moving tribute to someone so talented. His drawings and writings are unique to his own. Great verse, Mary!


Mystic_Mom said...

What a wonderful tribute! So well have the touch.

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Jules said...

I read his obit. He was a shy unassuming man, who liked what he did, but said he didn't like the fame part. He did, I read somewhere that he did enjoy the movie adaptation. I enjoyed 'Where the Wild Things Are' as well as 'Chicken Soup with Rice' I'm sure there are many more. But I remember those two best.
As others have stated, wonderful tribute. Thanks.