Saturday, 10 December 2011

A Friend's Delight

This is a sonnet for children (and children-at-heart). :^)

The painting is "Child's Talk in April" (1914) by Emma Florence Harrison, originally an illustration for a poem by Christina Rossetti of the same name, which you can read here.

A Friend's Delight

Wake up!, rise up!, little starling,
The world is waiting for your song.
Do you know I love you darling,
So do not dream the whole day long.
Sun peers through your leafy shutters,
The sky, arms open, beckons flight.
Round and round, your old friend flutters,
The roses fragrant look so bright.
Won't you come out and play with me
On such a lovely day as this?
There's things to do and things to see,
So idle not in sleepy bliss.
My friend, you wake!, by heaven's might,
What joy to sing in shared delight!



  1. Such a lovely day when we read your Poems dear Jaminto.

    Take care.

  2. Oh, that was lovely. Started my day with a smile.

  3. Both nostalgic and inspirational! :-)

  4. Change of Theme, dear Jaminto ? ... you did so well, it is soooo good !!

  5. Thanks so much for all the positive feedback!!!

    Love you all, dear friends. :^)

  6. A beautiful poem and painting! Thank you!

  7. Reminds me of Enid Blyton. She was a huge part of my childhood, and her books. Love the poem, Okei.

  8. Ingrid! The voice of this poem was just so "you", I'm sure of that, lol.

    Shahrizat, I'm not sure if I've read Enid Blyton - maybe it was so long ago that I can't remember (which is quite likely, my memory is terribly selective, ha, my way of saying I don't remember things and read things the second time as if for the first). Glad to see you drop by. :^)

    Had, thanks! And thanks again Catherine, Jon, Tiina, Arj & Nancy.

    Festive greetings & a merry Christmas to you all! (only a week to go)

  9. Oh how much I love this Moon there at the Background, dear Jamintoo.

  10. Hey, dude! Thanks for stopping by at my place... and leaving that hearty message...*smiles*
    And while your lovely sonnet really does a "wake up-wake up" call to the bright outside... my eyes are still in their late-late caroling drowse from last nite.
    A very Merry Christmas to you, too... and the best blessings for the coming year. May your happiest child dance as free as the rays of the sun.
    Peace be with you, Okei dude!

  11. beautiful :)
    thank you for sharing
    Happy Holidays !

  12. I really like this one. I think it's my favorite so far.

  13. Thanks Catherine, Jach, Betsy & Catherine... wonderful holidays to you too :)

    Catherine, glad you like the (looking it up) 1st November moon I caught there!

    Catherine, wow, I should try to enter that childhood mood more often, eh!