I read to the children while they are eating their breakfast from a set of books, one of which is Classic Poetry, an illustrated collection selected by Michael Rosen, pictures by Paul Howard. This week the poem was The Slave’s Dream.
The Slave’s Dream
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Beside the ungathered rice he lay,
His sickle in his hand;
His breast was bare, his matted hair
Was buried in the sand.
Again, in the mist and shadow of sleep,
He saw his Native Land.
Wide through the landscape of his dreams
The lordly Niger flowed;
Beneath the palm-trees on the plain
Once more a king he strode;
And heard the tinkling caravans
Descend the mountain-road.
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Harriet Tubman became known as the “Moses of her people” as she helped more than 300 slaves to escape to freedom in the North along the route of the Underground Railroad.
Poetry Friday is being hosted by Elaine at Wild Rose Reader. Happy poetry Friday, all!