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Coming Home from the Moon, feat. A.A. Milne


I lived on the moon for a while

With the dusty dune-dwelling sparrows

And odd signs and symbols, ever-shifting.

One time I saw a purple balloon
That had made it all the way to the moon

But mostly I dwelt in sand and clouds, alone.

Then it was time to come home.

Green had happened while I was gone –

And Blue –

And Pink – 

And Purple – 

And White –

And Yellow – 

And now I remember –

They call this Spring 


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On the moon – on the day of the purple balloon – I found a small book. And in it, I found this poem I’d like to share with you.

Spring Morning
By A.A. Milne

Where am I going? I don’t quite know.
Down to the stream where the king-cups grow –
Up on the hill where the pine-trees blow –
Anywhere, anywhere. I don’t know.

Where am I going? The clouds sail by,
Little ones, baby ones, over the sky.
Where am I going? The shadows pass,
Little ones, baby ones, over the grass.

If you were a cloud, and sailed up there,
You’d sail on water as blue as air,
And you’d see me here in the fields and say:
“Doesn’t the sky look green today?”

Where am I going? The high rooks call:
“It’s awful fun to be born at all.”
Where am I going? The ring-doves coo:
“We do have beautiful things to do.”

If you were a bird, and lived on high,
You’d lean on the wind when the wind came by,
You’d say to the wind when it took you away:
“That’s where I wanted to go today!”

Where am I going? I don’t quite know.
What does it matter where people go?
Down to the wood where the blue-bells grow –
Anywhere, anywhere, I don’t know.

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Artist and provenance unknown. Painting located in Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA.


  1. I felt very young again. Happy Spring to all.

  2. My mom used to read to me from this book when she was young and I was very young. Now I’m old and she’s very old. It feels like spring again.

  3. Wonderful pictures, musings. And every poem in the book is a treasure. Lucky kids grew up with Christopher Robin and Mr. Edward Bear.

  4. Love this so much!!

  5. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous

  6. Exactly the post I wanted to read today. Beautiful….. Thank you, Jennifer!

  7. Love this, and that painting is extraordinary!

  8. Ahhh the promise of spring ☺️. Thanks, Jennifer.

  9. Oh Jennifer, you’re a kindred soul! You urge me to go outside and drink in the beauty! Tomorrow, rain or shine! Thank you!!

  10. So carefree and delightful! Thank you Jennifer for reminding me to enjoy the simple things in life~

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