A Child’s Wish Updated

Would that we all could be
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,
sailing and bobbing along
on beautiful misty seas.

Snuggled together in our boat
lullaby waves softly lulling,
drifting slowly under the stars
off to the shores of Neverland.

Never the hatred,
never the strife.
Never the sadness
never the Covid-19.

Yes, I’ll be Wynken and you be Blynken,
both with our lids shut tight.
Smile with me and together shall we
nod off to the shores of Neverland.


Sarah is hosting Tuesday Poetics today at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. She asks us to write about boats. For me, the first thing that came to mind was the poem Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. My mother often read it to me when I was very young….always just before bedtime. The poem was written by American writer and poet, Eugene Field and first published on March 9, 1889.  Photo illustration is from the actual book my mother read to me from, Volume One, Poems of Early Childhood, in Childcraft in Fourteen Volumes, published by the Quarrie Corporation, Chicago, in 1947. I’ve obviously also taken liberty with Peter Pan’s Neverland! 

28 thoughts on “A Child’s Wish Updated

  1. Nancy Jahnke August 11, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    Love this!!! Love you!!! N

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:00 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂 I loved the idea of Wynken, Blynken and Nod as a little girl 🙂


  2. msjadeli August 11, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    Oh does this bring back memories, Lillian. I love how you have expanded the sentiments of it.

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    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:01 pm

      Oh yes….wouldn’t it be nice? 🙂


  3. sarahsouthwest August 11, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    I remember them! What a lovely memory and what a sweet illustration. I’ve just pulled out my copy of “The Golden Treasury of Poetry” and my Wynken, Blynken and Nod are a bit more goblin-y. It would be lovely to be able to close our eyes to all the trouble going on at the moment and sail away to somewhere wonderful. Wistful sigh.

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    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:02 pm

      Wistful indeed. Glad you enjoyed, Sarah!


  4. Beverly Crawford August 11, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    I love this! In these somber times, we are so in need of a little light-hearted imagining. I want to be in the boat too, sailing along where the words social distancing and pandemic have never been heard!!

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    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:02 pm

      Exactly! Always happy to provide some light-hearted imagining in these times.


    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:03 pm

      Yes….in these challenging times I find myself needing to meditate a bit before I nod off!

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake August 11, 2020 / 9:21 pm

    If only. We do want that, the comfort and assurance given children through through rhyme and song, to just go to sleep and sleep tight and all will be well in the morning. Great take on the prompt.

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    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:03 pm

      Nodding off to Neverland 🙂


  6. areadingwriter August 12, 2020 / 9:02 am

    aaaah. i love the hope and the playfulness on your poem, Lillian. that shore, i wanna be there. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rothpoetry August 12, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    What a wonderful poem… both yours and hers! It has been a very long time since I read this one.
    I am with you… you be Wynken, I’ll be Blynken, and we’ll both Nod off into a world quite different from the one we are experiencing today.

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  8. rivrvlogr August 12, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    If only it could be this easy, but I’ve definitely had some dreams these past months in which the coronavirus just dissipated and was gone.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 15, 2020 / 12:05 pm

      Yep…..I pray for a vaccine every night. If Salk could come up with a vaccine to eradicate polio, I’m hoping the same can happen with Covid!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Mother Wintermoon August 13, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Love, love, love! I’m right there with you. Count me in!

    Liked by 1 person

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