Quiet Monday

August 13, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

Today was pleasant, and quiet, which I am good with.  I met Carlos, the show director for GLLA and Markos and Christine to talk about GLLA, and that was pleasant, but the rest of the day was uneventful.

And now it’s later than I realized, and I have an early morning, so I’m off to bed shortly.

I’ve said I like poetry.  I don’t know what reminded me of this poem specifically, but I had thought of it lately, and it seems an appropriate place to say goodnight.  When I was a child, one of the poems I have a very clear memory of my mother reciting for me at night was this one:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (Dutch Lullaby)
by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
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,
Blynken,
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 that beautiful sea—
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish—
Never afeard are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
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,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ‘t was a dream they ‘d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea—
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
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:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

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