A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems

by Robert Louis Stevenson

My Bed is a Boat

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Stevenson, R.L. (1913). A Child’s Garden of Verses. Simon & Schuster Children’s.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 0.7
  • Word Count: 146
  • Genre: Poetry
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My bed is like a little boat;
      Nurse helps me in when I embark;
She girds me in my sailor’s coat
      And starts me in the dark.

At night I go on board and say
      Good-night to all my friends on shore;
I shut my eyes and sail away
      And see and hear no more.

And sometimes things to bed I take,
      As prudent sailors have to do;
Perhaps a slice of wedding-cake,
      Perhaps a toy or two.

All night across the dark we steer;
      But when the day returns at last,
Safe in my room beside the pier,
      I find my vessel fast.