February 12, 2011

O Captain! My Captain!

A Tiny Tribute to Abraham Lincoln


O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass, 1865) Photobucket

Not much of a celebratory birthday poem, that's for sure.
Still, the reason we honor him today is largely due to the troubled times through which he led us,
the results of his leadership,
and the ugly price he paid for his devotion to country.

Lincoln Logs, used first by
my son and daughter,
and then a generation later by
my grandson and granddaughters,
remind us of his humble beginnings.

An eagle, mimicing the presidential plates used during his administration,
remind us of how far he came.

Black contact paper, beneath clear Fostoria plates, hint at the real presidential china.
To Remember

Blue dinner plates: Checquers Collections Stoneware, Kohl's, I think.
Red rimmed salad plate: marked Picnic Ware, melamine, from an old picnic basket
Clear bread and butter plates: Fostoria glass, inherited
Blue patterned flatware: Pottery Barn
Wooden star napkin rings: Lillian Vernon
Napkins: Pottery Barn
Red stemware: Thrift Shop
Blue-stemmed stemware: Dollar Tree
Placemats: Yard Sale
Lincoln Books: husband's library
Lincoln Logs: old toys
Salt and Pepper shakers: gift
PhotobucketI have linked to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.


  1. Another beautiful creation. You put so much detail into your tables and they are always amazing. Your choice of dishes are wonderful. Love both sets of stems, napkins, and all the place mats you used. The lincoln logs and books are a the best on here.

  2. Hi Denise, I first read that poem when my son studied it in middle school and find it so moving!! It is really a beautiful tribute to Pres. Lincoln. Your table is so creative--I love the use of the lincoln logs! And I am so happy to see a table dedicated to a president! Linda

  3. what a creative table to honor Mr. Lincoln. Love the Presidential China you made for your table.

  4. What a wonderful table you have set. The poem is one of my personal favorites and I taught it this week in school! I did a Presidents Day table last year and I think I will rerun it again this coming week. We have a little dog born on Feb. 12 and we named him....Abe. There are so many lessons we can learn from Mr. Lincoln! Thoroughly enjoyed your post. Lori L

  5. Very creative. Love the Lincoln Logs, we still have son's too~

    I see our flatware from WSonoma! :)
    Walt Whitman's birthhplace was near where I grew up. I took piano lessons next to his house. It is a museum.
    Remember when Lincoln's bday was a big holiday? Now it is lumped into Pres Day!

  6. WELL...may I just say you did an AWESOME job on this lovely table. Just love it.

  7. Love this post. It's a nice break from all of the Valentines. Such a creative idea to put the image gelow the clear plate. You have excellent scissor skills! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  8. Love that you did a Lincoln's Birthday post. I got all caught up in Valentines, but am planning to do some thing for President's Day. That was really clever, the way you mimicked the Presidential china. Good job!


  9. The eagle is an incredibly clever idea (which I will borrow)! It looks smashing. When I think of President Lincoln, I think of how tough it must have been to be presiding over our country at such a terrible time. He was amazing! Thanks for the lovely tribute table. Joni

  10. What a great idea for a table and interesting post! Your eagle is very creative.


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