A Poem For Lola

From A Child's Garden of Verses, 1889
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Good and Bad Children

Children, you are very little,
And your bones are very brittle;
If you would grow great and stately,
You must try to walk sedately.

You must still be bright and quiet,
And content with simple diet;
And remain, through all bewild'ring,
Innocent and honest children.

Happy hearts and happy faces,
Happy play in grassy places--
That was how in ancient ages,
Children grew to kings and sages.

But the unkind and the unruly,
And the sort who eat unduly,
They must never hope for glory--
Theirs is quite a different story!

Cruel children, crying babies,
All grow up as geese and gabies,
Hated, as their age increases,
By their nephews and their nieces.


mamoo said...

do you really expect comments on this? we're damned if we do and damned if we don't.

if i were to comment i would say, "beautiful picture of sadie and lola has red hair."

biggy said...

jeez, what's next? selling her car because you found alcohol under the front seat.

ga said...

Does sadie's shirt say I helped a squirrel?

Tania Rochelle said...

It says "I helped Carrie!!" Something from Gay Pride, which is where we happened to be when this pic was taken.

You know we hate squirrels.

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