My Sunday Poem … # 19

My Sunday Poem … # 19

Dingle, Tingle and Shingle


I originally wrote this as a song-poem for my children. It was very much inspired by “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod”, a popular poem for children written by American writer and poet Eugene Field. The lovely illustration shown above is by Minnie Dibdin Spooner from The Golden Staircase (1906).

Dingle Tingle and Shingle
Dwelt in a woodland far
Way up in the blue sky
On a little silver star
And they shine down every night
Just to show how happy they are.

Dingle Tingle and Shingle
Got into a golden boat
They hoisted a sail of tinsel
And then began to float
All in a sea of space
Clad in a starry coat.

They crossed a starry ocean
Where the moonbeams dance and play
The dreamy sleepy ocean
Where the little ones they lay
Their tiny heads were filled
With the gladness of the day.

They came to a silver river
That ran so fast and free
They glided on a ripple
Til they came to the deep green sea
Oh how happy they were
And the little ones laughed with glee.

All in a sea of velvet
They cast their nets of gold
And fished for the gentle sunrise
And saw that the night was old
So we must be on our way
The three to the children told.

All from a land of softness
The children they did wake
And thought of the fishermen sailing
And the dreaming boats they’d make
To sail upon the sea
Before the day did break.

© Chris White

Dongle, Tingle and Shingle

Dingle, Tingle and Shingle



14 responses to “My Sunday Poem … # 19

  1. Great idea for a blog! I was born 1949 but my sister 1951

  2. Very nice poem Chris. It really captured the magical aspects that we associate with children.If only we could all make the same association with adults, and could all believe in magical places and fun adventures…. wouldn’t the world be so much more fun? 🙂

  3. That is very beautiful, Kris! The light heart and open mind how children perceive the world and life before we tell them how they are supposed to perceive it!

  4. They were such simple days

  5. Lovely poem! Reality is over-rated! We need to always be able to tap into the wonder 🙂

  6. Love the poem 🙂 So open en true.

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