Please you, excuse me, good five o'clock people,
I've lost my last hatful of words,
And my heart's in the wood up above the church steeple,
I'd rather have my tea with the birds.
Gay Kate's stolen kisses, poor Barnaby's scars,
John's losses and Mary's gains,
Oh! what do they matter, my dears, to the stars
Or the glow-worms in the lanes!
I'd rather lie under the tall elm-trees,
With old rooks talking loud overhead,
To watch a red squirrel run over my knees,
Very still on my brackeny bed.
And wonder what feather the wrens will be taking
For lining their nests next Spring;
Or why the tosses shadow of boughs in a great wind shaking
Is such a lovely thing.
~ Charlotte Mew
You can find out a bit more about the poet Charlotte Mew by reading this post.