Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Swing

Robert Louis Stevenson must have had grandchildren and that's what inspired him to write this poem. I discovered that my grandchildren - once they got on the swing - never wanted to get off.~~~~~~~~ How do you like to go up in a swing,~Up in the air so blue?~"Oh,I do think it the pleasantest thing~Ever a child could do!"~~~~~"Up in the air and over that wall,~Till I can see so wide,,~ Rivers and trees and cattle and all~Over the countryside-~~~~~~"Till I look down on the garden green~ Down on the roof so brown-~Up in the air I go flying again,~Up in the air and down!"~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Then the sad part is that they learn to pump and don't need me to push them anymore. And what's more they learn to jump out - scaring me for fear they would get hurt. Anyway - I love this poem.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bed In Summer

Robert Louis Stevenson has some insight into how kids feel about going to bed in the summer.~~~~~ In winter I get up at night~And dress by yellow candle-light.~In summer quite the other way,~ I have to go to bed ny day.~~~~~~I have to go to bed and see~The birds still hopping on the tree. ~Or hear the grown-up peoople's feet~still going past me in the street.~~~~~~ And does it not seem hard to you,~when all the sky is clear and blue,~And I should like so much to play~ To have to go to bed by day?