Things to make you stop, read and won­der

The Simple Things - - NEWS - Kather­ine Mans­field

Out­side the sky is light with stars; There’s a hol­low roar­ing from the sea. And, alas! for the lit­tle al­mond flow­ers, The wind is shak­ing the al­mond tree.

How lit­tle I thought, a year ago, In the hor­ri­ble cot­tage upon the Lee That he and I should be sit­ting so And sip­ping a cup of camomile tea.

Light as feath­ers the witches fly, The horn of the moon is plain to see;

By a fire­fly un­der a jon­quil flower A gob­lin toasts a bum­ble-bee.

We might be fifty, we might be five, So snug, so com­pact, so wise are we! Un­der the kitchen-ta­ble leg My knee is press­ing against his knee.

Our shut­ters are shut, the fire is low, The tap is drip­ping peace­fully; The saucepan shad­ows on the wall Are black and round and plain to see.

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