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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

I once read - and smiled and enjoyed rereading - a poem. But now can't remember even a few words which would make it searchable by poetry websites.

It told a story. A couple go on holiday - perhaps in Italy - with their small child. They are inspired by palaces and paintings. Their child is bewitched by a lizard on a rock.

They come home to cold rainy grey skies as we have yesterday and today. Their child returns home joyfully to hug the family pets.

Anybody on HoL remember the poem? I'd like to reread it. I'm also curious whether or not the poet includes other layers of meaning which I missed.

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Thanks Elizabeth, for your thoughtful kindness. 
Though my memory has another poem with a different lizard.

Different treasures too brought home to grey England. But Joan Poulson's first foreign holiday which you found will also be a gift to our three young granddaughters who have a grannie in Greece. So they can one day re-visit gran and will wake up to a sea "as blue as hyacinths"

And I learned the meaning of 'Shippon'.

This is not your poem, Alan, but your post made me go and read one of my favourite poems about going to the sea. Maybe because I grew up not far from the sea.

'maggie and milly and molly and may' (1956)

maggie and milly and molly and may

went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang

so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star

whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing

which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone

as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

it's always ourselves we find in the sea

e e cummings




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