On afternoons, when baby boy has had a splendid nap, And sits, like any monarch on his throne, in nurse's lap, In some such wise my handkerchief I hold before my face, And cautiously and quietly I move about the place; Then, with a cry, I suddenly expose my face to view, And you should hear him laugh and crow when I say "Booh"! Sometimes the rascal tries to make believe that he is scared, And really, when I first began, he stared, and stared, and stared; And then his under lip came out and farther out it came, Till mamma and the nurse agreed it was a "cruel shame"— But now what does that same wee, toddling, lisping baby do But laugh and kick his little heels when I say "Booh!" He laughs and kicks his little heels in rapturous glee, and then In shrill, despotic treble bids me "do it all aden!" And I—of course I do it; for, as his progenitor, It is such pretty, pleasant play as this that I am for! And it is, oh, such fun and I am sure that we shall rue The time when we are both too old to play the game "Booh!"
"BOOH!" by Eugene Field (1850 to 1895) This week's poem can be found at this link.
LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Grandma’s Prayer by Eugene Field (1850-1895). This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 4th to September 11th, 2011.
Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children’s poetry and humorous essays. He first started publishing poetry in 1879, when his poem “Christmas Treasures” appeared in A Little Book of Western Verse. Over a dozen volumes of poetry followed and he became well known for his light-hearted poems for children, perhaps the most famous of which is “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.” (Summary from Wikipedia)
*This poem taken from the Yale Book of American Verse. (1912). Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915)
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Little Homer’s Slate by Eugene Field (1850-1895). This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for June 6th – June 20th, 2010.
http://www.archive.org/download/little_homers_slate_1006_librivox/littlehomerslate_field_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 44s (mp3@64kb)