Monday, October 10, 2011

Childhood Among The Ferns

The fern leaves are still wet surrounding this young girl; after they dry they'll look different. Sometimes I long for the carefree days of childhood; this Thomas Hardy poem captures that feeling so well.

Childhood Among the Ferns

I sat one sprinkling day upon the lea,
Where tall-stemmed ferns spread out luxuriantly,
And nothing but those tall ferns sheltered me.

The rain gained strength, and damped each lopping frond,
Ran down their stalks beside me and beyond,
And shaped slow-creeping rivulets as I conned,

With pride, my spray-proofed house. And though anon
Some drops pierced its green rafters, I sat on,
Making pretence I was not rained upon.

The sun then burst, and brought forth a sweet breath
From the limp ferns as they dried underneath:
I said: 'I could live on here thus till death;'

And queried in the green rays as I sate:
'Why should I have to grow to man's estate,
And this afar-noises World perambulate?'

Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. What a lovely poem. I like your piece also but she looks more concerned or shy than me at least.

  2. Hi Lori, thanks, yes she does, sometimes childhood isn't that easy after all I guess.

  3. T.H. sure had a way with words. I love the way your portrait tiles keep evolving.

    I have fired across two half shelves, but it's kind of a crap shoot. Pieces with small legs seem to do better. Have you thought of plate/tile setters. I have some that are 12X12 that I can't do without.

  4. I agree with Lori and sadly your answer is right on. What should be a joyous time for some is not at all. Makes me realize how lucky I was.

  5. the tiles are just pouring out of you.

  6. Hi Smartcat, thanks, I didn't know they made tile setters that large, I'll have to check it out. I have just been so happy that they haven't warped it's been ok.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yeah too little for too many, that's for sure.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, I just can't help myself. I am now inundated, I've an appointment at a gallery this Friday, we shall see, otherwise I need to slow down; nope can't do that I'm on a roll. Ha.


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