Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

As a child growing up and to this very day, I have always treasured whimsical tales and poetry; a love that I attribute to bed time stories being read to me by my mom.  She has a wonderful way of reading stories in that they were both soothing and exciting.  She would create the best character voices and gesturing, a feat which I hope to be able to pass on when I have children someday.  My all time favourite children's poem is Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field.  This poem was published in 1889 and was originally titled Dutch Lullaby.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Wynken, Blynken and Nod one nigh
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,-
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
Said Wynken,
and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,-
Never afraid are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,-
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bring the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed 
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three,
and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:-
And Nod.

-Eugene Field

Happy, happy day to all the mothers and women who read to and keep dreams alive for little ones.  Thank you so much mom, for such a treasured memory.


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