Thursday, September 20, 2007

"Just a Million Lovely Things..."

Found this book at a great used book store the other day... detailed the many magical evenings hosted in the Kennedy White House. Simply gorgeous.

I'm sure you remember this book that was out a few years ago; The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Here is one of my favorites from the book:

For A Poet
by Countee Cullen
I have wrapped my dreams in silken cloth,
And laid them away in a box of gold;
Where long will cling the lips of the moth,
I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth;
I hide no hate; I am not even wroth
Who found earth's breath so keen and cold;
I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth,
And laid them away in a box of gold.

Many people do not know that Jacqueline Kennedy herself loved to write.

Here is a poem she wrote in 1943 entitled simply 'Thoughts'.

I love the Autumn,
And yet I cannot say
All the thoughts and things
That make me feel this way.
I love walking on the angry shore,
To watch the angry sea;
Where summer people were before,
But now there's only me.
I love wood fires at night
That have a ruddy glow.
I stare at the flames
And think of long ago.
I love the feeling down inside me
That says to run away
To come and be a gypsy
And laugh the gypsy way.
The tangy taste of apples,
The snowy mist of morn,
The wanderlust inside you
When you hear the huntsman's horn.
Nostalgia - that's the Autumn,
Dreaming through September
Just a million lovely things
I always will remember.


Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What lovely poems she wrote! I never knew. Wasn't she just the epitome of grace? She sure set the bar.


Alison Gibbs said...

What a fabulous book. She certainly was an elegant lady.

tongue in cheek said...

What a pretty blog you have! Thanks for leading me here.

dede warren said...

I too aDoRe this book and Mrs. O. Gotta love JFK as well. big. long. sigh.....

bellacolle said...

I just might have to copy that poem if you don't mind...Miss Jacky O was such a lovely lady!!!

Amy Wagner said...

I have always been entranced with Jackie. She was so elegant.

Thank you for your nice comments you left for me.