- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Stevenson, R.L. (1913). A Child’s Garden of Verses. Simon & Schuster Children’s.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 0.7
- Word Count: 146
Stevenson, R. (1913). My Bed is a Boat. A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 11, 2021, from
Stevenson, Robert Louis. "My Bed is a Boat." A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. May 11, 2021.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "My Bed is a Boat," A Child's Garden of Verses: Selected Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed May 11, 2021,.
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.