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Mary Poppin's Purse

March 28, 2013
By the_sparrow SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
the_sparrow SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

I wish I had a Mary Poppin’s purse…
the kind that fits all sorts of things,
anything you need and
it would have it.
It would be there
when you needed it.

For instance,
if the room was too dark
if I couldn’t see
if I couldn’t find my way
I’d have that purse.
I’d reach inside
and pull out a lamp—
a big, tall lamp—
And everything would be
brighter. Better.

Or, say I had a little cough
or felt a little fever
or if I just didn’t feel…
like myself anymore.
I’d turn to my magic purse and find
~relief~ in a twisted cap,
a cure-all in a bottle.
…And not the kind that
stays on your breath and
rips apart families.

I wish I had a purse that could
give me all the answers.
I wish I could retrieve you
when I need you
you’d be there.

Or at the very least…
I could stuff you inside and

have some peace and quiet.

The author's comments:
Everyone has at least some family drama--some more than others. You might say I wrote this poem out of frustration, wishing for peace in the midst of turmoil and confusion. Sometimes the ones we love the most are the most difficult to depend on.

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