Bed in Summer ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Bed in Summer

Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

Page Number:
  14.  Illustrator:  Ruth M. Hallock
Publisher:  Rand McNally & Co.  Date:  1919


     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?

In Washington our summer evenings stay light as late as 10 PM. Fourth of July fireworks shows start late in Seattle. This poem reminds me of my husband and I trying to go to sleep at our normal 9-10 pm time with it being light outside.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “Bed in Summer ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. Yeah, I talked to Steve last night at 9:30pm and he said it was still light out! Love it and I get to go this afternoon – WITH MY CELL PHONE!
    Cute colors, cute poem, cute picture!

    Lana, ten que! I’m so glad you got your phone. Is it charged?

  2. Thanks for stopping by my place today…
    I just love your blog! I think I was here before…but I’ll be sure and stop by a lot more often!
    R.L.S. was one of my mom’s favorite poets so she taught me several when I was growing up- including this one! Her other favorite is about the Swing.
    And I’m a northwestern gal, too…and use to live in Seattle and Kent!

    Hi Tammy, It’s nice to get to know you, a fellow Northwesterner! Are you transplanted, too?

  3. Love that poem.
    We’re in Oregon and I love the late summer nights.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, too.
    For Reluctant Entertainers

    Sandy, It’s always nice to meet a fellow northwesterner. I enjoy your blog! blessings…

  4. We have a children’s book of his poetry, and my kids love it. They seem to be able to relate to his poetry. One of their favorites is “My bed is like a sailing ship.”

    Leslie, I’m happy to be a child at heart who enjoys children’s poetry and books in general. A sailing bed sounds wonderful…

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