A loved thing from childhood

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.
by Walter de la Mare
We were so lucky as children, not only to be blessed by great teachers in a wonderful junior school (now demolished and the site full of flats and offices) but to be taught some things which have last us all our lives. I say us, because I’m sure I was not unique in remembering things we learned then. In secondary school I also had some extraordinarily good teachers of English, and so built a library of remembered and half-remembered poems which I still treasure.
Walter de la Mare was an oft read poet; he had marvellous, wonderful verses for children, and I’m sure he furnished my imagination with a wealth of images. De la Mare was an English poet who was born in 1873 and died in 1956. When I took this photo the other evening, his poem ‘Silver’ sprang automatically into my mind.
It’s dusk and the moon is just peeping out over the roofs, beyond Bleadon Hill to the east of us.

Slowly, silently, now the moon…


  1. SoundEagle

    Thank you for sharing Walter de la Mare’s poem. It is a very lovely poem with good rhymes, even though the numbers of syllables do not always match.

    It seems that you are a lover of moon like me, and I happen to just finished creating a poem at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/if-my-name-were-moon-tonight/. By the way, as far as I know, the Chinese just celebrated their moon cake festival on 30 September 2012.

    How nice of you to remember with fondness your primary and high school English teachers!


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