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Poem about a child who "begins to be happy" | 27-Aug-10

Our enquirer is looking for a poem about a child among adults who  "begins to be happy" or "began to be happy" when he or she hears them laugh.

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This sounds like Philip Larkin's COMING

On longer evenings,
Light, shill and yellow,
Bathes the serene
Foreheads of houses.
A thrush sings,
In the deep bare garden,
Its fresh-peeled voice

Astonishing the brickwork.
It will be spring soon,
It will be spring soon -
And I, whose childhood
Is a forgotten boredom,
Feel like a child
Who comes on a scene
Of adult reconciling,
And can understand nothing
But the unusual laughter,
And starts to be happy.

Tina Rath

THANK YOU, Tina Rath! I have looked for the source of this line (which I'd misquoted as "begins to be happy" instead of "starts..."--maybe because I, also a poet, prefers "begins...")--for a a long time. I hope that you will receive my expression of gratitude.
Morty Sklar

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