Friday, August 16, 2013

I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child by Robert Graves

There? Should I be there?
I’D LOVE TO BE A FAIRY’S CHILD
          BY Robert Graves

Children born of fairy stock

Never need for shirt or frock,

Never want for food or fire,

Always get their heart’s desire:

Jingle pockets full of gold,

Marry when they’re seven years old.

Every fairy child may keep

Two strong ponies and ten sheep;

All have houses, each his own,

Built of brick or granite stone;

They live on cherries, they run wild—

I’d love to be a Fairy’s child.

It is the end of summer and school will start again.  Somehow the start of a new school year makes me feel like I should be somewhere else, doing something else. Something is not quite right--like I don't belong here.  I must be a fairy child.


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21 comments:

  1. You must have plenty of animals to feed then lol

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    1. Sheep are grazers and ponies will find plenty of stuff to munch.

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    1. Two ponies and ten sheep--good stock to have. And they have wonderful gardens.

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  3. Thanks! I enjoyed that. Yes, changes are coming - season, school, life ... :)

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    1. After 20 years of teaching, I still start thinking about setting up my classroom!

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  4. Every school season I have this urge to buy school supplies .... and I haven't needed to do that in 20 years.

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    1. This year I took my gr-daughters shopping for school supplies! What an adventure.

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  5. Very nice!
    Yes, soon the school buses will be hogging the road...

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    1. Oh, well. At least your state/district has school buses. Here in different districts, there are no buses and students get to school on their own.

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  6. I was thinking how much I would like to be a fairy child (who don't get fat or spotty either) until I came across 'Marry when theyre seven years old'. Noooooo.

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    1. Oh, I think the fairy marriage is a little different than ours. It must be a lot more romping in the forest, having fun, less work.

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  7. I wish I could be a fairy's child. That way I could fly over the schools around here. Can I get past the school during school drop off time and school pick up time? Um no! The number of cars that block the streets during those times is unbelievable. Strangely enough, a lot of those adults could walk their kids to school and get there quicker.

    Gary :)

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    1. Going to fairy school must be about 5 minutes long, since their lives consist of flying about and stuff. No school buses.

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  9. I always liked the poem that I think goes "Come away, oh human child, with a fairy hand in hand, for the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."

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    1. That is a perfect expression of the wandering I feel. Thanks for writing!

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  10. I think you got the travel bug again. You are a Sadge, aren't you?

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    1. Oh, I am so Sadge, to a "T". I need to see something, go somewhere quiet.

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  11. Ah, the entertaining world of fantasy, a wonder for children and adults alike.

    It would be nice if fantasy and reality mirrored each other more closely, Susan.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    desert.epiphanies@sasktel.net
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  12. Such a sweet poem!
    I love the new school year even now after so many years. I wait for the sales and stock up on notebooks and ballpoints. I'm in love with stationery. One of my daughters is the same.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!