Happily Ever After – A Poem

Today I thought I’d share a poem I wrote a long time ago that I needed to read again. I hope that, after you read it, you allow your younger self to come out and play today, too.


Happily Ever After – A Poem by Jill Ocone


She twirls on the playground

In her checkered green dress

And black Mary Janes

With lace-cuffed white socks,

Her pigtails stretched straight,

Then skips on the sidewalk

With her jump-rope dragging

Behind her

As she sings her way home

In the slanted sunshine.


She believes in pure goodness

And cares about others

And collects little trinkets

And chases the fireflies

And loves to tell stories…

Oh, how she loves to tell stories.


Once upon

A long time ago,

Yesterday and

Today and


She faded away.


Where are you,

Little girl?


Come out and play.


Bring your heart of gold

And your unblemished innocence

And your rainbow-filled dreams

And your magical fancies

And your banana seat bicycle

With the handlebar streamers

And play.


Come out and play

Today and







img_4612 Thanks for joining me on my journey. I’m glad you’re here.

With gratitude,


“Happily Ever After – A Poem” was posted on jillocone.com and on soulseaker.com on July 27, 2020. Views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the writer, who was not endorsed or compensated in any manner by any entity; views do not represent any employer. Copyright 2020, Jill Ocone. All rights reserved. Contact jillocone@gmail.com with reposting, licensing, and publishing inquiries.

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