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Poem: "Leaves Upon the Water"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: November 19th, 2017 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
This poem reminds me strongly of one by Robert Louis Stevenson, in his A Child’s Garden of Verses. When I was a child I had an LP from a label called "Esoteric", consisting entirely of songs whose lyrics were those poems. I still know some of them by heart and occasionally sing them to myself or to others. This is one.

Where Go the Boats?

DARK brown is the river.  
Golden is the sand. 
It flows along for ever, 
  With trees on either hand.   

Green leaves a-floating,     
  Castles of the foam, 
Boats of mine a-boating--
 Where will all come home?   

On goes the river 
  And out past the mill, 
Away down the valley, 
  Away down the hill.   

Away down the river, 
  A hundred miles or more, 
Other little children 
  Shall bring my boats ashore 



ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 19th, 2017 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Wow!

What a beautiful song! :D I even found a video of it online.

I'll have to keep this in mind for Terramagne-America. It really fits the social atmosphere there -- the idea of sending toy boats downriver for someone else to enjoy. I could totally see Aidan and Alicia singing this with Saraphina.
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