June’s Poem

This month’s poem is “Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stephenson


In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?





Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is a very well known author (in fact he was an accomplished novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer), less known for his poetry than his great books including “Treasure Island”, “Kidnapped”, and “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”.

The picture accompanying June’s poem is “Mother Tucking Children in Bed” by Norman Rockwell which appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published January 29, 1921




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