Happy Thoughts – Poetry Corner 

Today is a poetry blog post day. We’ve got a sweet poem by Edgar A Guest about a father’s love for the toys that bring happiness to his children. There is also an audio version for your listening pleasure. 

Toys

By Edgar A Guest 

I can pass up the lure of a jewel to wear

    With never the trace of a sigh,

The things on a shelf that I’d like for myself

    I never regret I can’t buy.

I can go through the town passing store after store

    Showing things it would please me to own,

With never a trace of despair on my face,

    But I can’t let a toy shop alone.

I can throttle the love of fine raiment to death

    And I don’t know the craving for rum,

But I do know the joy that is born of a toy,

    And the pleasure that comes with a drum

I can reckon the value of money at times,

    And govern my purse strings with sense,

But I fall for a toy for my girl or my boy

    And never regard the expense.

It’s seldom I sigh for unlimited gold

    Or the power of a rich man to buy;

My courage is stout when the doing without is only my duty, 

But I curse the shackles of thrift when I gaze at the toys

    That my kiddies are eager to own,

And I’d buy everything that they wish for, by Jing!

    If their mother would let me alone.

There isn’t much fun spending coin on myself

    For neckties and up-to-date lids,

But there’s pleasure tenfold, in the silver and gold

    I part with for things for the kids.

I can go through the town passing store after store

    Showing things it would please me to own,

But to thrift I am lost; I won’t reckon the cost

    When I’m left in a toy shop alone.. 

Here’s the audio version! 

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About stefsvoice

Hi! I'm an American voice actress based in England. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of positive thinking, meditation and positive affirmations. That is why I started "Happy Thoughts", the Positive Affirmations and Audio stories podcast/blog. It's a quick burst of positive energy to help keep us on the right track. I've also recorded mp3s on itunes & Amazon (Stefania Lintonbon) for on-the go/anytime encouragement.
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