I have to admit something to you, blog readers: I am totally obsessed with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I read it as a kid, of course, and had vague memories of sort of liking it, but mostly relegating it to that pile of "old-fashioned" books that I didn't really understand. I picked it up again last week after Michael mentioned it off-handedly during a meeting, and I've been totally immersed in it ever since. I can see why I didn't adore it as a young girl; the references, for one thing, are still above my head, as a college-educated adult! But I'm loving it now--the plot is wonderful, entertaining, and I really care about these characters, but what really gets me are the descriptions of nineteenth-century domestic life--what a far cry from 2009, but some things are still the same! Babies still refuse to go to sleep, the laundry must still be done, and families gather together in the evenings--now with laptops and iPhones instead of mending and pipe-smoking, but still.
Anyway, I of course had to post a poem by Louisa May Alcott for today's Poetry Friday offering.
- FAIRY SONG
- The moonlight fades from flower and tree,
- And the stars dim one by one;
- The tale is told, the song is sung,
- And the Fairy feast is done.
- The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
- And sings to them, soft and low.
- The early birds erelong will wake:
- 'Tis time for the Elves to go.
- O'er the sleeping earth we silently pass,
- Unseen by mortal eye,
- And send sweet dreams, as we lightly float
- Through the quiet moonlit sky;--
- For the stars' soft eyes alone may see,
- And the flowers alone may know,
- The feasts we hold, the tales we tell:
- So 'tis time for the Elves to go.
- From bird, and blossom, and bee,
- We learn the lessons they teach;
- And seek, by kindly deeds, to win
- A loving friend in each.
- And though unseen on earth we dwell,
- Sweet voices whisper low,
- And gentle hearts most joyously greet
- The Elves where'er they go.
- When next we meet in the Fairy dell,
- May the silver moon's soft light
- Shine then on faces gay as now,
- And Elfin hearts as light.
- Now spread each wing, for the eastern sky
- With sunlight soon will glow.
- The morning star shall light us home:
- Farewell! for the Elves must go.
Poetry Friday is hosted at Wild Rose Reader this week.
Enjoy your weekend!