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Polly Chase Boyden


Mud is very nice to feel
   All squishy-squash between the toes!
I’d rather wade in wiggly mud
   Than smell a yellow rose.

Nobody else but the rosebush knows
How nice mud feels
   Between the toes.

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Polly Boyden knew just about ever literary light inearly mid-century America, and she hosted most of them Her book The Pink Egg even had a sort of cult following among them...She lived in Truro on the Cape for many years and her house was open to any one who was witty, erudite, intellectual...or just fun. A remarkable person whose light appears to have been "under a bushel". Worth researching! Caroline Riley Trumbull - I knew her in the 60's
Posted 04/10/2021 10:34 PM
Sharon Mathias:
I wish I could see that "little poetry book" that fer has - I had a pink book "Poetry for Children" when I was a child that had this wonderful Mud poem in it, and lots of other good ones. "Nobody else but the rosebush knows!"
Posted 10/30/2020 02:40 AM
Nice ;) gloppy and almost fun-ctional
Posted 08/31/2013 08:12 AM
Ah, the memories.... I knew just how to make the best mud all squishy-squashy between the toes and even found a V nickel while doing so one time. I still have a little poetry book with this poem in it, with credit given to Child Life Magazine, copyright 1930 -- that's all.
Posted 08/31/2013 06:16 AM

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