Sunday, May 14, 2006

For All My Children (and Grandchildren)


This is a lullaby I used to sing to you. A keepsake.


A PAVANE FOR THE NURSERY

Now touch the air softly,
Step gently. One, two...
I'll love you till roses
Are robin's-egg blue;
I'll love you till gravel
Is eaten for bread,
And lemons are orange,
And lavender's red.

Now touch the air softly,
Swing gently the broom.
I'll love you till windows
Are all of a room;
And the table is laid,
And the table is bare,
And the ceiling reposes
On bottomless air.

I'll love you till Heaven
Rips the stars from his coat,
And the moon rows away in
A glass-bottom boat;
And Orion steps down
Like a diver below,
And Earth is ablaze,
And the Ocean aglow.

So touch the air softly,
And swing the broom high.
We'll dust the blue mountains,
And sweep the blue sky;
And I'll love you as long
As the furrow the plow,
And However is Ever,
And Ever is Now.


--William Jay Smith

3 comments:

sage said...

such a poignant and vivid piece; so filled with rich imagery and passion! brava!

sage

Pixletwin said...

sniff sniff....

harmonyinline said...

Achingly beautiful