Thursday, 12 January 2012

Bean

Discarded litter, tiny kitten,
rescued, barely living;
Emily’s little foundling,
cradled in Cleo’s down.

Jill to Gilles to jelly Bean,
tuxedoed, soft and sleek;
playful, skittish, ever wary,
fleet to hide unseen.

You stole our hearts and gave us joy,
chasing Jack in play;
but frailty could not hold your soul,
your time had come that day.

A final kiss and lingered stroke,
you parted through our mist of tears,
on your journey reincarnate,
at peace and free from fears.

Bryan Douglas Cook January 2012

Context for "Bean"
Our daughter Emily adopted Bean from the Humane Society along with his sister and brother Jack. The little sister died a few days later of "cat AIDS" which Bean also suffered from all his life. Our calico cat Cleopatra nurtured him and let him suckle for comfort. Despite all the odds, he survived and went though "cat adolescence", maturing from what we all thought was a "she" to a "he"....and thus his name evolved as well! He died young of complications and cancer, but remains very dear in our hearts.

Bean


Jack and Bean "birding"

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Dream Man

The Dream Man
A review by Bryan Cook, Ottawa 18 November 2011

The original music and lyrics for “Hush, here comes the dream man” were written and composed by R.P. Weston, F. J. Barnes and Maurice Scott and a hit by Miss Fanny Powers circa 1913.

In World War I it was adapted a trench soldier’s song with the lyrics:

'Hush, here comes a Whizzbang'

Hush, here comes a Whizzbang.
Hush, here comes a Whizzbang.
Now you soldier-men get down those stairs,
Down in your dugouts and say your prayers.
Hush, here comes a Whizzbang,
And it's making right for you.
And you'll see all the wonders of No-Man's-Land,
If a Whizzbang, hits you.

[Whizzbang = light shell, sounded as it came towards you like 'whizz' and then 'bang']

For the next half century, it was a lullaby of choice for many British and Commonwealth parents to sing to their children.

My Dad, George Cook sang the lullaby to me and my brother Alastair as youngsters. I did the same for my children, Josiah and Emily. Although there are great many versions, this is the one that soothed us held close to Dad’s heart!

The link to the lullaby as an Mp3 is found at the bottom of my main blog index until I can find a way to embed it in this text!

Please pass it on!

The Dream Man

Hush here comes the Dream Man,
Hush here comes the Dream Man,
Now you little ones run up those stairs,
Put on your nighties and say your prayers....

And ride with Mr. Dream Man,
‘Till daylight comes again,
And see all the wonders of wonderland,
On the Dream Man’s train.

The Dream Man’s coming in his train of cars,
With moonlight windows and wheels of stars,
So kiss your Mummy and kiss your Pa,
And all aboard you little ones....

And ride with Mr. Dream Man,
‘Till daylight comes again,
And see all the wonders of wonderland,
On the Dream Man’s train.

The railroad track it is a rainbow bright,
Runs right up into the starry night,
So take your ticket to this land of bliss
Think of your Mummy and her good night kiss....

And ride with Mr Dream Man,
‘Till daylight comes again,
And see all the wonders of wonderland
On the Dream Man’s train.....

Hush here comes the Dream Man,
Hush here comes the Dream Man,
And see all the wonders of wonderland
On the Dream Man’s train.