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Sunday’s poem ~ The Toys

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My little Son, who looked from thoughtful eyes

And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise,

Having my law the seventh time disobeyed,

I struck him, and dismissed

With hard words and unkissed,

His Mother, who was patient, being dead.

Then, fearing lest his grief should hinder sleep.

I visited his bed,

But found him slumbering deep,

With darkened eyelids, and their lashes yet

From his late sobbing wet.

And I, with moan,

Kissing away his tears, left others of my own;

For, on a table drawn beside his head,

He had put, within his reach,

A box of counters and a red-veined stone,

A piece of glass abraded by the beach,

And six or seven shells,

A bottle with bluebells

And two French copper coins, ranged there with careful art,

To comfort his sad heart.

So when that night I prayed

To God, I wept, and said:

Ah, when at last we lie with trancèd breath,

Not vexing Thee in death,

And Thou rememberest of what toys

We made our joys,

How weakly understood,

Thy great commanded good,

Then, fatherly not less

Than I whom Thou hast moulded from the clay,

Thou'lt leave Thy wrath, and say

,"I will forgive them for their childishness."

By Coventry Patmore

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sassy59 profile image

A beautiful poem Iris and I liked it very much. Lots of love to you, Carole xxx💜🤗

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Lyd12 in reply to sassy59

Hi Sassy, still needing help from my lovely daughter in law, sons are out on their bikes. The poem comes up in prose and we have to change it into poetry style.

Izb1 profile image

A deep and meaningful poem Iris to make you think on a quiet Sunday morning. Good that you have a lovely daughter in law and sons to help when needed x

Damon1864 profile image

A lovely poem thank you for sharing Iris. Have a lovely day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx 🌻🌻

Katinka46 profile image

Thank you, very moving, and the searing honesty of poet is so powerful.K xxx

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Lyd12 in reply to Katinka46

Made me think of the little boy in the news recently. I’ll treated by his natural parents and he has lost both his legs through that. Heart breaking.

HollyBoyd profile image

What a lovely poem Iris, so very poignant, thank you for sharing. It's good to know your family are around you and helping when needed. Take care xxx ❤️

Thepainterswife profile image

Beautifully written and yet so sad 😔

Australia06 profile image

An interesting poem, Nana, always love to see your updates. Hope you’re enjoying the good weather, still very chilly in Australia!

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