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Block City

Rating: 3.4

What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I'll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride.

Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
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Sinead Mckeough 13 May 2006

This poem has a great sense of innocence, and makes me think back to when I was about six or seven, and used to make houses and castles out of blocks and furniture. It's an interesting wander down memory lane.

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Glen Kappy 23 January 2019

sinead, i see your comment which echoes my own feelings about this poem—it strikes me as a lovely poem aimed primarily for children as others he wrote were. with your so-irish name (and my impression that poetry is passed on through the celtic dna) i went looking to see if you had posted any poems here at ph. may we see some from you in the future? -gk

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Ramesh T A 23 January 2019

Nice imagination to boost one's dream of venture to be achieved one day! It is the stuff of Mr. R L Stevenson that has brought special renown in the world ever!

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Tom Allport 23 January 2019

A wonderful playful write from the imagination? .......a home in a home Robert!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 23 January 2019

A beautifully crafted poem by Robert Louis Stevenson... Onto my poem list............

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Khairul Ahsan 23 January 2019

Block City- a nice poem that reminds us of our childhood activities. As of now, my grand daughter's thoughts must be similar to yours, as expressed in the poem.

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Edward Kofi Louis 23 January 2019

Rain may keep raining! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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A childhood fascination of using building blocks to shape castles, palaces, temples, docks and so on has been beautifully put into a poem

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Dr Antony Theodore 23 January 2019

see on the steps of my palace, the kings Coming and going with presents and things! a very fine poem. tony

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 23 January 2019

A wonderful poem that brings out the importance and beauty of a home and the wonders of childhood. Cleverly and beautifully written. Onto my Poem List.

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