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The Winding Road

Family Treasury of Poems & Verses

November 2004
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    1st November 2004
  • ISBN 9781903458471
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.

– Bring rhythm, security, and intimacy to family life with poems and verses
– A treasure chest of poems for celebration, comfort, and insight
– Poems for younger children to share and older children to read alone
– Ideas and suggestions for introducing poetry into family life

Barton has collected a wealth of more than two hundred poems, verses, blessings, and meditations on childhood and growing up—meaningful words for parents, caretakers, teachers, and children. 

The Winding Road includes works by ancient and modern poets, from Gaelic blessings to Navajo prayers, from William Blake to Eleanor Farjeon and Brian Patten. This rich anthology comes from folk sources, poets, and many different religious traditions. This inspiring treasury is ideal for celebrating all of life’s early stages and events, from birth to adolescence: christenings, birthdays and rites of passage, as well as morning graces and evening prayers.

Poems and verses bring rhythm, security, and intimacy to family life and offer the right words for comfort, meditation, and important occasions.

Bring rhythm, security and intimacy to family life with poems for birthdays, morning verses, mealtime graces and evening prayers. Find poems for celebration, comfort and insight; poems for younger children to share and older children to read alone; ideas for introducing poetry into family life.

“There is a wonderful richness in the choice of poems.... Some are to read to children, and all will touch and hearten those who have children in their care. I felt joyously reconnected with my own parenting as I wandered its pages.”

—Brenda Ratcliffe, New View

“What pleasure awaits those who not only dip into this book at random, but who also search for the particular poem or verse which has personal meaning. What a gift for the family—and how wonderful to think of a new book growing with the family and being passed on, thoroughly finger-smudged, tear-stained and page-turned.”

— Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy

C O N T E N T S:

The Clay that Shapes: Before birth
A Shock of Light: Birth
Raining Double Blessings Down: Blessing, naming and baptism

To Shine on Earth: A young child’s birthday
Arise, Arise! Morning verses for young children
Bread is a Lovely Thing to Eat: Graces
Sleep’s Unlatched Door: Evening and prayer

Feet Find a Way: First milestones
Sorrow’s Springs: Illness and upset
A Wind Where the Rose Was: Bereavement

The Ground to Stand On: Stepping out and growing away
I Am Good Fortune: Leaving home

Matthew Barton

Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer's Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.