Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thank You, Maurice Sendak

photo by Rita Bourland - 2012

Thank You, Maurice Sendak
(June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012)

The day Maurice picked up a pen and made mischief
of one kind and another
and another
his readers called him “GENIUS!”
and Maurice said, “I’LL WRITE ANOTHER!”
so he went to his room and began to write

that very night in Maurice’s room an idea grew
and grew
until his mind was full of vines
and his words became the world all around

an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for him
and he sailed off through night and day

writing all the while
to tell his tale
of lands where wild things grow
and children grow
because they know that even with scary things
 all around
things that roar and gnash their teeth
and roll their eyes and show their claws
they have the power
to tame the beasts
to find the joy that lies within
the hearts of beast and man

but Maurice’s pen paused near the end
his tale not yet complete
he closed his eyes and saw a scene
of a family
together again

so he wrote once more
of a boat on the sea
headed for home leaving monsters behind
sailing for a year
and in and out of weeks and through a day
and into the night of his very own room
where he found his papers covered with words
 a life fully lived
his rest well-deserved.

Thank you, Maurice Sendak.


  1. Love this tribute to Maurice--my daughter just sent me a link to an article written about his death. How WILD that you wrote this. Thank you, Rita.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. When I heard he had died I immediately thought of writing this tribute using his very famous book. He will be missed.