On rainy nights by Anne Bell


Sleep warm,

Though the envious wind fingers the eaves

And the windows are curtained with rain,

The roof stays strong and the wall stands firm,

Sleep warm.


Sleep well,

There’s break in teh crock and milk in the jug,

There’s fire on the hearth, and the dog and the cat

Are curled like commas there,

Sleep warm, sleep well.


Source:  Beetle Soup: Australian Stories and Poems for Children compiled by Robin Morrow (Scholastic Australia, 1996)


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