Ancient Words – Haiku Sequence With Margarita Engle – In English And Spanish

ANCIENT WORDS

by Margarita Engle and Ellen Olinger

reading ancient words
stones in a field
left by glaciers
EO

pensamiento*
flor de memoria
mi abuela

pansy
flower of memory
my grandma

                               ME

silent grace
with friends
magnolias

EO

wishing well
my penny
in sunlight

ME

letting go
daffodils bloom
in the compost pile

EO

camino al monte
un sueño
de paz

mountain road
a dream
of peace

ME

*The Spanish name for pansy, which also means thought

Margarita Engle is a Newbery Honor-winning Author. Her beautiful new book is The Wild Book (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012).   For more information, about this book and all her books, please visit Margarita’s website.  http://www.margaritaengle.com

“Ancient Words” was published first in Time Of Singing (Spring 2010). 

Photos of daffodils from the compost pile by Karl.

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