Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Poem for Autumn

I recently found out about Daily Lit, a service that will email to you installments of books that are in the public domain. I've already read Pride and Prejudice (What a great book! How did I miss that before?) and we are also getting Poems Every Child Should Know. Here is one of the ones we read today.


"I'll tell you how the leaves came down,"
The great Tree to his children said:
"You're getting sleepy, Yellow and Brown,
Yes, very sleepy, little Red.
It is quite time to go to bed."

"Ah!" begged each silly, pouting leaf,
"Let us a little longer stay;
Dear Father Tree, behold our grief!
'Tis such a very pleasant day,
We do not want to go away."

So, for just one more merry day
To the great Tree the leaflets clung,
Frolicked and danced, and had their way,
Upon the autumn breezes swung,
Whispering all their sports among--

"Perhaps the great Tree will forget,
And let us stay until the spring,
If we all beg, and coax, and fret."
But the great Tree did no such thing;
He smiled to hear their whispering.

"Come, children, all to bed," he cried;
And ere the leaves could urge their prayer,
He shook his head, and far and wide,
Fluttering and rustling everywhere,
Down sped the leaflets through the air.

I saw them; on the ground they lay,
Golden and red, a huddled swarm,
Waiting till one from far away,
White bedclothes heaped upon her arm,
Should come to wrap them safe and warm.

The great bare Tree looked down and smiled.
"Good-night, dear little leaves," he said.
And from below each sleepy child
Replied, "Good-night," and murmured,
"It is so nice to go to bed!"


1 comment:

Maureen in IL said...


I assume we live about 45 miles away from one another.....based on clues in your blog. Seems like we should know one another as I read through some common interests on your blog.

Does your dh know Nathan Goebel? He was very active at the U of I Neuman Center a couple years ago and is currently a missionary with FOCUS. We have been praying for a priestly vocation in his future, since he was about 15 yo.....he's a fellow parishioner and a classmate of one of my daughters. He did recently announce his plans to enter seminary next Fall.

Do you have a Catholic homeschooling group in your area? We have one in Decatur that's fairly small, but has its roots back to a visit from the Hahns when they were in Effingham 8-9 years ago!

Would love to know if you know much about Franciscan University.