Friday, December 6, 2013

Jack Frost



I've been reading the Little House series to Pieter and he loves it! He started the series with his Oma this summer and is still reading some of them over skype. He is enthralled with them so we are reading them again. In the Little House in the Big Woods, Laura talks about Jack Frost visiting them in the night. In this day and age of double pane glass windows, explaining Jack Frost to a three year old isn't very easy. Well, with our sub-zero temperatures, the garage windows were beautifully covered with frost this morning. A perfect example.

Jack Frost

The door was shut, as doors should be,
   Before you went to bed last night;
Yet Jack Frost has got in, you see,
   And left your window silver white.

He must have waited till you slept;
   And not a single word he spoke,
But pencilled o'er the panes and crept
   Away again before you woke.

And now you cannot see the hills
   Nor fields that stretch beyond the lane;
But there are fairer things than these
   His fingers traced on every pane.

Rocks and castles towering high;
   Hills and dales, and streams and fields;
And knights in armor riding by,
   With nodding plumes and shining shields.

And here are little boats, and there
   Big ships with sails spread to the breeze;
And yonder, palm trees waving fair
   On islands set in silver seas,

And butterflies with gauzy wings;
   And herds of cows and flocks of sheep;
And fruit and flowers are all things
   You see when you are sound asleep.

For, creeping softly underneath
   The door when all the lights are out,
Jack Frost takes every breath you breathe,
   And knows the things you think about.

He paints them on the window pane
   In fairy lines with frozen stream;
And when you wake you see again
   The lovely things you saw in dream.

~Gabriel Setoun

Stevenson, Burton Egbert. 
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1956. Print.

1 comment:

  1. That is so beautiful! Here it was 80 yesterday and today it's already down in the 40s. Our kids are singing in a live nativity tonight, I really hope it stops raining by then. Enjoy the cold!.

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