for Mary “Mamie” Dickens
Hush now, children, Father’s at his work.
If faeries come to visit, please, speak
in whisper voices, shhhh. Tidy up now,
children. Hang your art for Father.
Such good little children you are with
steps as light as snowfall and laughter
to compliment the rook who roosts
in the tree outside the garret window.
* Mary “Mamie” Dickens (1838-1896; England): memoirist (My Father as I Recall Him); daughter of Charles Dickens