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First Friend
Diane Lee Moomey


first grade: walking home the long

way because along that way are new

daffodils. Today we’ll play

at your house. Deep


in your maple shade, we eat Oreos

and fondle plump pink valentines

on feathery stalks. (Your mother

calls those flowers bleeding

hearts, but they don’t.)


We talk of fairies: are there

any? You think not.


Your baby brother wants

your lap, and hits me on the head

with his new garden trowel.


I cry. You kiss

the hurt spot, make better.


© by Diane Lee Moomey.
Used with the author’s permission.



Diane Lee Moomey grew up near theGreat Lakesand, since then, has lived and wandered around theU.S. andCanada. These days, she dips her gardener?s hands inCaliforniadirt, and reads and listens regularly at poetry venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Diane has published three books of poetry and prose and won a prize or two along the way. She enjoys long walks beside the ocean, reading mysteries, and painting in watercolors. Learn more about her at

Post New Comment:
Mary Lou Taylor:
So happy to see a poem—and what a charming poem— on Your Daily Poem, Diane. Hurt spots are always better with a kiss.
Posted 02/23/2017 07:49 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
What a lovely nostalgic poem. Takes us back to a place where we have all been. I love the description of “ plump pink valentines on feathery stalks” and “bleeding hearts that don’t.”
Posted 02/22/2017 02:11 PM
Three consecutive comments begin with "Yes." This is a yes poem.
Posted 02/22/2017 11:35 AM
Yes there are fairies, and they dwell in this poem. Marvelous.
Posted 02/22/2017 11:34 AM
Yes, the new daffodils somehow stamp the annual calendar with their promise.
Posted 02/22/2017 11:21 AM
Lori Levy:
Yes, very tender. Totally gets into the head of a child.
Posted 02/22/2017 09:45 AM
Diane, Like this tender poem that takes even guys back to moments of shear delight.
Posted 02/22/2017 09:35 AM
Love it--Makes me smile and say "Ahhh"! Janice
Posted 02/22/2017 07:40 AM
First word that comes to mind > Charming! Thanks, Diane.
Posted 02/22/2017 06:33 AM

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