A Walk in the Woods
Oh Rosaleen.....where have you been -
My heart is all a-flutter !
I've called and searched most everywhere
And haven't churned the butter !
You left three hours ago or more
To pick a posy sweet....
Where have you been, you naughty child,
And just look at your feet !
Oh Mother ! I went in the woods
To stroll amidst the trees ...
The leaves were falling from above
In the balmy Autumn breeze.
The mint was crushed beneath my feet
And perfumed all around -
And nuts and berries bountifully
Were lying on the ground.
I leant my back against an oak
To sit there for a while
As squirrels chattered in the trees -
Their antics made me smile !
I must have fallen sound asleep ...
Have I really been so long ?
For I have had the nicest time
And learned a Fairy Song !
I dreamt I was surrounded
By a little fairy band
All dressed in gauzy dresses
With a little golden wand
They landed on my shoulders
My fingers and my shoes
In pinks and silver , green and gold
And lovely shades of blues.
They sang with sweetest voices
Of Autumn's harvest time,
Of burnished trees and falling leaves
And grapes upon the vine...
They sang of nuts and berries,
Of Nature's bounteous store
Of apple trees and fields of wheat
And hazelnuts galore !
Then the little Fairy of the Hazelnut Tree
Sat upon my hand and sung
Her special song for me...
She said to tell the children
In the houses everywhere
To remember to be loving , kind ,
And most of all to share.
Well, Rosaleen..I'm glad that you
Are home in time for tea
Now you can get washed up then sing
Your special song for me!
[ Poem by Ella Render..22/10/01 ]