Friday, July 10, 2015

Poetry Friday: The Land of Story-books

I'll be at the Filled With Joy conference this weekend, talking about read-alouds, among other things. And although this Stevenson poem isn't specifically about being read to, it is about books and imagination and the joyful marriage of those two. Happy Poetry Friday! 

The Land of Story-books*
Robert Louis Stevenson

At evening when the lamp is lit,
Around the fire my parents sit;
They sit at home and talk and sing,
And do not play at anything.

Now, with my little gun, I crawl
All in the dark along the wall,
And follow round the forest track
Away behind the sofa back.

There, in the night, where none can spy,
All in my hunter’s camp I lie,
And play at books that I have read
Till it is time to go to bed.

These are the hills, these are the woods,
These are my starry solitudes;
And there the river by whose brink
The roaring lions come to drink.

I see the others far away
As if in firelit camp they lay,
And I, like to an Indian scout,
Around their party prowled about.

So, when my nurse comes in for me,
Home I return across the sea,
And go to bed with backward looks
At my dear land of Story-books.


The round up is at The Logonauts.

*In the public domain.


tanita✿davis said...

A Stevenson poem is perfect today - going to his old writing room in Edinburgh this week.

Karen Edmisten said...

Oh, Tanita! How cool is that? I'm jealous, but so happy for you! I want pictures. :)

Katie TheLogonauts said...

This is so fun and precious! It really puts you back in that kid frame of mind. Thanks for sharing with Poetry Friday!

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday, Katie!

Diana said...

Love it!!!