Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

(1835 – 1905 / United States)

How The Leaves Came Down - Poem by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

'I'll tell you how the leaves came down,'
The great Tree to his children said:
'You're getting sleepy, Yellow and Brown,
Yes, very sleepy, little Red.
It is quite time to go to bed.'
'Ah!' begged each silly, pouting leaf,
'Let us a little longer stay;
Dear Father Tree, behold our grief!
'Tis such a very pleasant day,
We do not want to go away.'
So, for just one more merry day
To the great Tree the leaflets clung,
Frolicked and danced, and had their way,
Upon the autumn breezes swung,
Whispering all their sports among—
'Perhaps the great Tree will forget,
And let us stay until the spring,
If we all beg, and coax, and fret.'
But the great Tree did no such thing;
He smiled to hear their whispering.
'Come, children, all to bed,' he cried;
And ere the leaves could urge their prayer,
He shook his head, and far and wide,
Fluttering and rustling everywhere,
Down sped the leaflets through the air.
I saw them; on the ground they lay,
Golden and red, a huddled swarm,
Waiting till one from far away,
White bedclothes heaped upon her arm,
Should come to wrap them safe and warm.
The great bare Tree looked down and smiled.
'Good-night, dear little leaves,' he said.
And from below each sleepy child
Replied, 'Good-night,' and murmured,
'It is so nice to go to bed!'

Topic(s) of this poem: children

Comments about How The Leaves Came Down by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

  • Gold Star - 8,802 Points Susan Williams (10/11/2015 8:15:00 PM)

    Such a sweet delight even for adults but I imagine children would beg to have this read to them again and again (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 37,962 Points Edward Kofi Louis (10/11/2015 7:42:00 AM)

    Fluttering and rustling everywhere. Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,687 Points Kanniappan Kanniappan (10/11/2015 1:48:00 AM)

    Very nice poem to be recited to children. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,513 Points Rahman Henry (10/11/2015 12:57:00 AM)

    Nicely penned. Lovely rhyme. Good piece of poetic work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,968 Points Douglas Scotney (10/11/2015 12:47:00 AM)

    reminds me of my own 'To A Leaf Of The Acer Palmatum' (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,962 Points Edward Kofi Louis (1/7/2015 7:06:00 AM)

    Nice piece of work. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

    E.K.L. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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