Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Don't you just wish sometimes. . .

. . .You could climb into your mother or grandmother's lap and be rocked to sleep again as you were in your childhood? You know, on those particularly stressful nights when sleep just won't come and you find yourself doing things like stitching on a project? I have two sons getting married in the next two months, and there is just SO much to get done I sometimes have trouble sleeping!

There is a fabulous vintage poem about just that I wove into one of my latest art projects up for bid on Ebay -- Rock Me to Sleep -- by Mrs. Elizabeth Akers Allen. (See the entire poem below!)I am really excited about how this project turned out. I used vintage laces, fabrics and beads and incorporated a section of that wonderful poem, along with a vintage (1898) picture transferred onto soft silk. It is heavily embellished, including a spider web for good luck and is perfect for framing or hanging as it is in its 5x7 miniature size. I put hours into each hand-stitched piece I create and they are treasures I sometimes wish I could hang onto for just a bit longer! This one especially. Hope you enjoy looking at it (I included a picture here) -- and may it bring back fond memories of your own childhood times rocking with Mother or Grandmother. -- Judi

"Backward, turn backward, O Time! in your flight,
Make me a child again just for to-night!
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your arms as of yore,
Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep --
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep!
Backward, fly backward, O swift tide of years!
I am weary of toil, I am weary of tears!
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,
Take them and give me my childhood again!
I have grown weary of dust and decay,
Weary of flinging my soul-wealth away,
Weary of sowing for others to reap;
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep!
Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed, and faded our faces between!
Yet with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I to-night for your presence again!
Come from the slience so long and so deep, --
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep!
Over my heart in days that are flown,
No love like mother love ever has shone,
No other worship abides and endures,
Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours;
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sorrowing soul and the world-weary brain,,
Slumber's soft calm o'er my heavy lids creep;
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep!
Come let your brown hair just lighted with gold,
Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
Let it fall over my forehead to-night,
Shielding my eyes from the flickering light:
For oh! with its sunngy-edged shadows once more,
Happy will throng the sweet visions of yore;
Lovingly, softly its bright billows sweep--
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep!
Mother, dear mother, the years have been long
Since last I was hushed by your lullaby song,
Since then again, -- to my soul it shall seem
Womanhood's years have been only a dream;
Clasped to your arms in a loving embrace,
With your soft light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep;
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep."

1 comment:

wendee said...

Thanks for sharing this poem. My mother recently died and this poem was comforting to me. I found your blog via Astrid's. My blog is at wendeedeal@blogspot.com

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