Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blueberry Girl

This is a lovely poem, written by Neil Gaiman for Tori Amos' daughter. The story is that he wrote it when she was a newborn, and it was calligraphed and framed on the wall of her nursery. Apparently so many people asked for copies of it that he finally just published it.

...Dull days at forty, false friends at fifteen;
Let her have brave days and truth.
Let her go places that we've never been;
Trust and delight in her youth.

Ladies of Grace, and Ladies of Favour,
And Ladies of Merciful Night,
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl,
Grant her your Clearness of Sight.

Words can be worrisome, people complex;
Motives and manners unclear.
Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right,
Free from unkindness and fear.

Let her tell stories, and dance in the rain,
Somersaults, tumble and run;
Her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep,
Let her grow like a weed in the sun...

1 comment:

  1. The illustrator Charles Vess lives in a nearby we were able to get a signed copy. What beautiful illustrations. Thank you for adding the story behind it.


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