Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mission Accomplished!

At least, I think it is.

I posted my query about the poem on the Heyer Reading List Yahoo group to which I belong, and a very resourceful member named Robin found a poem quoted in a book of sermons that seemed to fit what I was looking for. I did a google search using a different line from the poem and was able to find it and the author. At least, it's very close to what I remember, so it must be it. Here it is.

One Day When We Went Walking
by Valine Hobbs

One day when we went walking,
I found a dragon's tooth,
A dreadful dragon's tooth.
"A locust thorn," said Ruth.

One day when we went walking,
I found a brownie's shoe,
A brownie's button shoe.
"A dry pea pod," said Sue.

One day when we went walking,
I found a mermaid's fan,
A merry mermaid's fan.
"A scallop shell," said Dan.

One day when we went walking,
I found a fairy's dress,
A fairy's flannel dress.
"A mullein leaf," said Bess.

Next time that I go walking -
Unless I meet an elf,
A funny, friendly elf -
I'm going by myself!

I'm still searching for more information on Valine Hobbs who was apparently a teacher in Texas, who published a lot of children's literature, and who has a scholarship in her name. She was a teacher back in the 30s and 40s, I think, so my mother could very well have read this poem when she was in school!


Traci said...

I love this poem. My girls really believe in fairies!

Jeannette said...

I love this, it is really sweet and one I had not come across before.

Pamela said...

That poem was VERY cute! Thanks for sharing it.

Joyce said...

I loved this poem....thank you for sharing it with us...hope you have s good mid week....hugs and love,

D said...

glad you found it... really enjoyed reading it.

sober white women said...

I am so glad that you found it. That is a cool poem

Beth said...

That's so cool! I'm glad you found it. Isn't the Internet an amazing thing?


SCM said...

I love that poem! Thanks for sharing :)

Missie said...

I've never read that poem before. I like it!

Enjoy our day.

Nelishia said...

I loved this poem too. It reminds me of WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS books. So sweet. I'd missed you and lost the link until I saw your comment in someone else's journal.

Waving hi again. Ditzy Nelishia lol

Leigh said...

Cool poem.
I'm the one looking for the elf.

:) Leigh

Lisa said...

This is a sweet little poem.

natalie said...

dear Lori
that is absolutely beautiful! :)
thanks so much for sharing!
Lori Happy Holidays if I don't hear from you!

Debby said...

What a charming little poem. This is the sort of thing that would spark a child to look and to imagine and day dream. It's a shame that TV and video games have taken over so much of those happy daydreamy moments....