Saturday, July 20, 2013

Read Me A Story, Please.

I Had a Mother Who Read to Me
~ with thanks to The Passive Voice

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness lent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a Mother who read to me.
Strickland Gillilan

1 comment:

  1. Nice. I too had a mother who read to me. If this activity is begun when a child is extremely young, they can grab hold for a lifetime -- and that is a major gift. Parents must read to their children. It's not a choice, it's an obligation.