I’m so tired! It’s been a busy week, and as I was thinking about what to post for Poetry Friday, I thought about sleep! So I started to search the Poetry Foundation website, but then realized that one of my favorite poems is a lullaby, so why not share that?
Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o?er the combers, looks downward to find us,
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow,
Oh weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas.
This poem fills me with a sense of comfort and safety, just as any good lullaby should do. I love to say it out loud. The sounds just roll over my tongue like the waves rolling through the ocean. I think it’s a masterpiece!
I don’t know much about Rudyard Kipling beyond The Jungle Book, The Just So Stories, and Rikki-Tikki Tavi. Seal Lullaby isn’t in his entry at the Poetry Foundation website, but a number of other of his poems are, along with a good biography.
Poetry Friday is hosted today at Mentor Texts and More.
***Registration still open in two online classes about writing poetry for kids and teens.