Rhyme Time

Night and Day

For this week’s Rhyme Time I’ve chosen a poem from Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, A Child’s Garden of Verses. It’s a little long, but I hope that doesn’t make too much of a difference.

Night and Day ~ by Robert Louis Stevenson

When the golden day is done,

Through the closing portal,

Child and garden, flower and sun,

Vanish all things mortal.

As the blinding shadow’s fall,

As the rays diminish,

Under the evening’s cloak, they all

Roll away and vanish.Β 

Garden darkened, daisy shut,

Child in bed, they slumber –

Glow-worm in the highway rut,

Mice among the lumber.

In the darkness houses shine,

Parents move with candles;

Till on all, the night divine

Turns the bedroom handles.

Till all at last the day begins

In the east a-breaking,

In the hedges and the whins

Sleeping birds a-waking.

In the darkness shapes of things,

Houses, trees, and hedges

Clearer grow; and sparrow’s wings

Beat on window ledges.Β 

These shall wake the yawning maid;

She the door shall open –

Finding dew on garden glade

And the morning broken.

There my garden grows again

Green and rosy painted,

As at eve behind the pane

From my eyes it fainted.

Just as it was shut away,

Toy- like, in the even,

Here I see it glow with day

Under glowing heaven.

Every path and every plot,

Every bush of roses,

Every blue forget-me-not

Where the dew reposes,Β 

“Up!” they cry, “the day is come

On the smiling valleys:

We have beat the morning drum;

Playmate, join your allies!”

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6 thoughts on “Night and Day

  1. Really nice post! and You know what, I tried my hand on poetry today as well. πŸ™‚ just see and let me know how did it go..
    PS: Being a regular visitor to your blog, its hard to communicate with you via comments, why don’t you just give me a message on my mails.
    yours is locked not mine, if not FB, atleast on mails ? πŸ™‚
    Hope tp get your reply soon..

    Neel.

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    1. I just updated my about page to include my email address. Sorry I hadn’t thought of doing it before. I’m looking forward to reading your poem. Will get back to you πŸ˜‰

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