I have long liked dainty forget-me-nots. This poem by Cicely Mary Barker, and the accompanying illustration, always comes to mind.

Where do fairy babies lie

Till they’re old enough to fly?

Here’s a likely place, I think,

’Mid these flowers, blue and pink,

(Pink for girls and blue for boys:

Pretty things for babies’ toys!)

Let us peep now, gently. Why,

Fairy baby, here you lie!


Kicking there, with no one by,

Baby dear, how good you lie!

All alone, but O, you’re not—

You could never be—forgot!

O how glad I am I’ve found you,

With Forget-me-nots around you,

Blue, the colour of the sky!

Fairy baby, Hushaby!


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