Saturday, July 14, 2012

I'd Love To Be A Fairy's Child by Robert Graves

For John Milton's "Good Luck Befriend Thee" by illustrator Warwick Goble


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”  ~Albert Einstein

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”  ~Albert Einstein

I'd Love To Be A Fairy's Child
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.


I have been blissfully lost for the past few weeks immersed in reading several books.  I re-read "A Discovery of Witches" by the talented historian/novelist, Deborah Harkness, and the sequel, "Shadow of Night".  I fell into this brilliant tale and only came up for a bit of sleep and food.  Oh, the inexpressible joy of reading/experiencing a well-written book!  I have to wait a year or more for the last book in her "All-Souls Trilogy", but it will be worth the wait.  She's an amazing writer with a magnificent imagination and her writing is pure prose.

After reading her books I felt a bit lost until I discovered that one of my favorite authors had a new book out:  "Some Kind of Fairy Tale" by Graham Joyce.  I own all of his books and highly recommend them each and every one.  We've had rain for a week or more, but the sun came out for a few hours today.  What better weather for reading than a rainy day?  

Wishing you blessings & a good book to read.  ~Marion


Ben Ditty said...

Your children must have had a great time growing up with you :)

Snowbrush said...

There's an annual fairy festival here in Eugene, which, I understand, is one of the biggest. I've never gone, but they're having Donovan perform this year, so another couple and Peggy and I are planning to go together.

I hope you're enjoying your summer.

Marion said...

Ben, my best memories are of reading my favorite books to my children. We cried together through "Old Yeller" and laughed at the antics of "Tom Sawyer". I'm happy to say that they and their children are all hopeless bookaholics just like me. xo

Wow, Snow, I'd love to go to your festival. I love Donovan and still know the words to all of his songs. Let me know how much fun it was, okay? xo

Serena said...

I LOVE that -- and wish I were a fairy's child.