Charles Kingsley

(12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875 / Devon, England)

Valentine's Day - Poem by Charles Kingsley

Oh! I wish I were a tiny browny bird from out the south,
Settled among the alder-holts, and twittering by the stream;
I would put my tiny tail down, and put up my tiny mouth,
And sing my tiny life away in one melodious dream.

I would sing about the blossoms, and the sunshine and the sky,
And the tiny wife I mean to have in such a cosy nest;
And if some one came and shot me dead, why then I could but die,
With my tiny life and tiny song just ended at their best.

Comments about Valentine's Day by Charles Kingsley

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/16/2016 10:29:00 PM)

    This tiny poem on a browny bird - so beautifully portrayed by the poet.
    The usage of the word 'tiny' is the most attractive feature of this poem.
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  • Chaarzarul Rockett (2/16/2016 2:19:00 PM)

    Both sweet and morbid, like drinking blood. Great poem! (Report) Reply

    Mackenzie Huber (2/16/2016 2:53:00 PM)


  • Susan Williams (2/16/2016 1:02:00 PM)

    Sometimes a poem is just right for the moment- like this one is right for this moment in my life. May we all sing of blossoms, the sunshine, and the sky before we die (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (2/16/2016 1:37:00 AM)

    A life, be it short should be full of song and full of love. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

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