Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Drinking Song

Right hand turns to salt.
Left hand turns to stone.
Right foot in the dragon's mouth.
Left foot safe at home.

Drink to those still living.
Drink to those long gone.
Right foot in the dragon's mouth.
Left foot safe at home.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I read The Hobbit aloud to my little baby bump.  Now, my little baby bump is eight years old, and we are reading The Hobbit aloud together.  She's gets a particular kick out of Tolkien's dwarven tunes, so this one is for her.


The Baby Bump at 4 months.  By that time, we were on Fellowship of the Ring.  See the book?


Submitted to dVerse.

24 comments:

Claudia said...

oh i love tolkien...what a great idea..and love the pic as well....cute..both...smiles

Tara R. said...

The circle will continue when she reads to her baby bump… yeeeeeeears from now.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

BEAUTIFUL poem and even more beautiful photo and notes. How wonderful that you read to her in the womb and after. I read The Hobbit to my kids too. Sigh. My oldest son, since the age of ten, has read Lord of the Rings more times than I can count.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...i love tolkien as well...right now we are reading harry potter...about halfway through the series...probably take him to middle earth next....

Fireblossom said...

One day she will brag that her famous poet mother used to read The Hobbit with her.

I have that exact same little rocking chair in my house.

hedgewitch said...

Tolkein would be proud...and some of my fondest memories with my son involve Lord of the Rings. Great pic, too-exhausted but happy, and the baby looks like she's having a good time, too. ;_)

turtlememoir said...

nice - I love the rhythm of it

Sylvia K said...

Love your words as always. Read Tolkien to my 5th grade classes when I was teaching and to my kids later. He is a favorite.

stu mc (hate & hope) said...

The hobbit is one of my all time faves- was read it as a boy. Your words here reminded me of many of those songs from Tolkiens characters sung on their way to the misty mountains

Heaven said...

beautiful picture of baby and mom :-)

i always read to my children when they were young... it was our nighttime routine. my eldest was into HP, so i read this book along with him until the last one.

Patricia said...

Thank you for sharing the pic! So adorable. I could hear the song, seems so fitting for St. Paddys day. What a good mom you are. =)

Charles Miller said...

This fits beautifully in with Tolkien's runic style, wonderfully mysterious and Middle earth-like. Beautiful picture of you and your daughter. :)

Fred Rutherford said...

Very neat. The poem itself, but with your backstory provided, it's so much more. That's so endearing, I wonder if somehow, someway she has any recollection, probably physically impossible, but it would be so cool if she felt some sort of connection because of your reading to her. Such a sweet act.

Dick Jones said...

A chant worthy of Tolkein, or indeed of those that inspired him. It does have more than a flavour of the Anglo-Saxon verse that he studied and taught.

Randy Behavior said...

Yep the notes make it all the more dear. :)

zongrik said...

i love having one foot at home and one in the dragon's mouth. it can mean so many things.

once upon a polar bear

Margaret said...

I just started reading "The Hobbit" for the fist time (watched most of LOTR with my children over Christmas) One word: AWESOME

I love that you are zonked and she is still awake. It almost looks like she is telling the photographer "shhh, Mommy is sleeping"

:)

Brendan said...

May milk prove suffienct enough hooch for your daughter to sing with lil' longbeards. Gotta be careful with the short ones, though, they tend to become rock n rollers. Great pic. - Brendan

myheartslovesongs said...

beautiful photograph, gorgeous baby {love her smile and the sparkle in her eyes ~ a happy baby!} and SO wonderful that you read Tolkien to her, now with her.

and i like this drinking song!

Sioux said...

What a lovely poem and an even-lovelier picture.

Odd. From the photo, you appear almost mortal, but your poems are other-worldly;)

I read Tolkien when I was 13, and have recently revisited his work.

Ginny Brannan said...

Aw, I like your take on the Dwarven song! When my son was little and just learning to read, I also shared the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy with him--changing voices for each character, making up tunes for each elven song. Tolkien remains a perennial favorite in our house. My son is 26 now, and still an avid reader. We are still sharing books too, currently 'A Game of Thrones' series. I do miss those early years though!

ab said...

My husband read The Hobbit to my son when he was 'in the oven' :)

velvetinapurrs said...

ah sweet! cool

Mary said...

I love this picture of you and your daughter and enjoyed the poem. I could never get into Tolkien. As a teacher, I tried and tried...as so many of my students really liked it. I think it is wonderful that you are now sharing this experience with your daughter!