Thursday, April 22, 2010

How About a Poem?

While going through one of my bookshelves the other day (one of my favorite forms of procrastination, by the way), I came upon one of my most treasured books of poetry: Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field, with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. If you have never encountered this book, I am officially recommending it. Here is a sample poem:

The Dinkey-Bird

In an ocean, ‘way out yonder

(As all sapient people know),

Is the land of Wonder-Wander,

Whither children love to go;

It’s their playing, romping, swinging,

That give great joy to me

While the Dinkey-Bird goes singing

In the amfalula tree!

There the gum-drops grow like cherries,

And taffy’s think as peas—

Caramels you pick like berries

When, and where, and how you please;

Big red sugar-plums are clinging

To the cliffs beside the sea

Where the Dinkey-Bird is singing

In the amfalula tree.

So when children shout and scamper

And make merry all the day,

Where there’s naught to put a damper

To the ardor of their play;

When I hear their laughter ringing,

Then I’m sure as sure can be

That the Dinkey-Bird is singing

In the amfalula tree.

For the Dinkey-Bird bravuras

And staccatos are so sweet—

He roulades, appoggiaturas,

And robustos so complete,

That the youth of every nation—

Be they near or far away—

Have especial delectation

In that gladsome roundelay.

Their eyes grow bright and brighter

Their lungs begin to crow,

Their hearts get light and lighter,

And their cheeks are all aglow;

For an echo cometh bringing

The news to all and me,

That the Dinkey-Bird is singing

In the amfalula tree.

I’m sure you like to go there

To see your feathered friend—

And so many goodies grow there

You would like to comprehend!

Speed, little dreams, your winging

To that land across the sea

Where the Dinkey-Bird is singing

In the amfalula tree!

~ Eugene Field

I hope you enjoyed it!


  1. I know that poem! Can't remember where I read it .. but I think my mom used to have a book w/ it.

    ah, sweet memories...

  2. LOVE IT! I'm shocked I do not know the author. But Maxfield Parrish...I was sold the minute I read his name. I have always loved his illustrations.

  3. I'm glad you recognize the poem, Tess. We had POEMS OF CHILDHOOD around our house when I was growing up, so I'm a bit sentimental about the poems, too.

    Bish, I love the illustrations of Maxfield Parrish, too. His illustrations add so much to the poems.

    Thanks for the comments! : )

  4. Thanks for the heads up on this book. I've seen it around but forgotten it's title.

  5. You are most welcome, Andrew. It's one of my favorites. Enjoy! : )