Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Poem for Dreamers

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, one night sailed off in a wooden shoe;
Sailed off on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going and what do you wish?" the old moon asked the three.
"We've come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea.
Nets of silver and gold have we," said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song as they rocked in the wooden shoe.
And the wind that sped them all night long ruffled the waves of dew.
Now the little stars are the herring fish that live in that beautiful sea;
"Cast your nets wherever you wish never afraid are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three - Wynken, and Blynken, and Nod.

So all night long their nets they threw to the stars in the twinkling foam.
'Til down from the skies came the wooden shoe bringing the fisherman home.
'Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed as if it could not be.
Some folks say 'twas a dream they dreamed of sailing that misty sea.
But I shall name you the fisherman three - Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Now Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes and Nod is a little head.
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is a wee one's trundle bed.
So close your eyes while mother sings of the wonderful sights that be.
And you shall see those beautiful things as you sail on the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three - Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

~Eugene Field


  1. It was so nice to see this year. I had to recite this poem in Grade 2. I had loved it then and love this poem still, today, decades and decades later.Have a beautiful week ahead.

  2. What a beautiful post, it brought back some wonderful childhood memories. My mother used to kiss each eye and then my forehead saying Wynken, Blyken and Nod as she did. Beautiful images too.

  3. I know I've heard this before but it came to me completely different now that I am reading it as an adult. Love, love LOVE the photos you put with it! How dreamy and fun! Thank you for sharing.

  4. I seem to be the only one who has never heard this adorable poem before. Adorable it is and sweet the photo!

  5. One of my favorite childhood poems...and your illustrations make it all the more dreamy. Terrific!

  6. i remember my mom reading this sweet poem and others when i was a child. a beautiful reminder. and beautiful shots - the fishing floats are just gorgeous

  7. I love that story ~ and of course your photos are perfect as always Jaime!!

    Happy Week to you friend!
    xo Catherine

  8. Your images are a poem on their own. My, oh my! You do have a gift, my friend. You certainly do.

  9. Love, love the photos!!!
    Haven't read the poem in years (grin).

  10. what a wonderful post - poem and photos so perfectly delightful. i always loved that poem

  11. I had an old book of nursery rhymes & stories, with this poem... brings back a good memory... thank you...



  12. Jaime! Thank you for all of your sweet comments. They just make my day! I often think I am just typing to myself and that is o.k. but when someone shares their sentiment, it is so sweet!

    You can come to dinner at our house anytime! Being that my daughter is dreaming of going to college in Washington State, perhaps our paths will cross someday. I am scared to let her go so far but would never hold her back either.

  13. I needed that dose of the beautiful blue sea on this gray morning.

  14. Oh Jaime, this is one of my favorite poems along with Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Your photos, as always are breathtakingly beautiful.

  15. Oh, Jaime, this post couldn't be any more lovely. Those blues, and that old poem, which was one of my very favorites as a girl. I've missed you! Hugs to you, my friend!

    xoxo Gigi

  16. These photos completely take my breath away.

  17. The colors!!!

    These images are such a lovely accompaniment to that poem. I haven't heard it in years but it's one of those things that I can never forget. Thank you for the reminder.

  18. amazingly beautiful those of the littel paper boats...mmmmm.... xx PS: it's like the wind for me...heehee, Linni xx