Celebrate Children’s Day with a Poem

Children’s Day was observed by South Koreans earlier this week, so for this week’s poetry prompt, consider the following poem by Eugene Field:

Little Boy Blue

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
            But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
            And his musket moulds in his hands,
Time was when the little toy dog was new
            And the soldier was passing fair,
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
            Kissed them and put them there.

“Now, don’t you go till I come,” he said,
            “And don’t you make any noise!”
So toddling off to his trundle-bed
            He dreamt of the pretty toys.
And as he was dreaming, an angel song
            Awakened our Little Boy Blue, —
Oh, the years are many, the years are long,
            But the little toy friends are true.

 Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
            Each in the same old place,
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
            The smile of a little face.

 And they wonder, as waiting these long years through,
            In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue
            Since he kissed them and put them there.

Use Field’s “Little Boy Blue” to inspire a poem suitable for a child, perhaps one you know personally (as Field did).

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