Thursday, 1 October 2020

National Poetry Day

The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson

When I was sick and lay a-bed, 
I had two pillows at my head, 
And all my toys beside me lay, 
To keep me happy all the day. 

And sometimes for an hour or so 
I watched my leaden soldiers go, 
With different uniforms and drills, 
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills; 

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets 
All up and down among the sheets; 
Or brought my trees and houses out, 
And planted cities all about. 

I was the giant great and still 
That sits upon the pillow-hill, 
And sees before him, dale and plain, 
The pleasant land of counterpane.


  1. Sweet, reminds me of being at school.
    Here's a fine poem -

  2. One of my favourite poems. It always reminds me of when I was in bed with measles and my Granny bought me a box of Airfix Union Infantry. That's where it all began for me.

  3. Very nice, thanks, and Where many of us began, I suspect! Could this be the only poem ever published about our hobby?

    1. I have found a few toy soldier poems and one wargaming one besides what is in RLS A Child's Garden of Verses:
      Block City

      The Dumb Soldier

      A Martial Elegy

      Here is a wargaming comic one by performance poet Elvis Macgonagall

      Poor Old Toy Soldiers Home


  4. Thanks for reminding me about this poem .

  5. I do like this poem too and the range of illustrations of this poem with toy soldiers not you can find for it on Pinterest etc

    1. Loads of great illustrations fo it out there indeed.