(1895 - 1985 / London / England)


Allie, call the birds in,
The birds from the sky.
Allie calls, Allie sings,
Down they all fly.
First there came
Two white doves
Then a sparrow from his nest,
Then a clucking bantam hen,
Then a robin red-breast.

Allie, call the beasts in,
The beasts, every one.
Allie calls, Allie sings,
In they all run.
First there came
Two black lambs,
Then a grunting Berkshire sow,
Then a dog without a tail,
Then a red and white cow.

Allie, call the fish up,
The fish from the stream.
Allie calls, Allie sings,
Up they all swim.
First there came
Two gold fish,
A minnow and a miller's thumb,
Then a pair of loving trout,
Then the twisted eels come.

Allie, call the children,
Children from the green.
Allie calls, Allie sings,
Soon they run in.
First there came
Tom and Madge,
Kate and I who'll not forget
How we played by the water's edge
Till the April sun set.

by Robert Graves

Comments (5)

Allie calls and calls again and they came one by one, agreat poem from one of the great poets
Bravo! ! 1 .
The birds from the sky! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Really a very sweet poem. It flows smooth like a stream. Enjoyed the story. Thanks for sharing.
What a beautiful and tranquil picture; Full of birds, beasts and children! A farmland scene perfectly captured!