I went outside in a drizzling rain
to see some flowers and was glad I came
the tallest glad hung its head in shame
and just couldn’t stand up to its name.
I bound it
I wound it
I wrapped a wire around it
I got some sticks and I held it tight
hoping it’d work and I think it might.
I went inside and the day seemed bright
‘cause now the flowers will stay in sight.
I grew up in the age of Hayley Mills as the on-screen Pollyanna Whittier, inventor of the “Glad Game.” She tried to keep a positive attitude in all of life’s difficulties.
The expression “be a Pollyanna” later became a criticism for blind optimism.