In the Blinken of an Eye

Don’t know about you but the older I get the more my brain is “off-line”.  According to research being “off-line” helps me fine tune and reflect.  If I could remember what I reflected on I would appreciate how fine-tuned my brain really is.

 Keep reading to understand how to fine tune your brain . . . before we all sail off in a wooden shoe . . . .

(Proof the research is true: The connection between this research and the poem literally came to me in the blink of an eye)

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field*

sung by Buffy Saint-Marie

“Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head”

Blinking causes the brain to go off-line

“New research from Japan suggests that blinking does more than stop our eyes drying out: it is an active process that causes the brain to go off-line, into a more reflective mode, before giving renewed attention.”

“The study appears to support the idea that temporarily shutting off sensory inputs helps the brain fine-tune the senses and control the flow of cognitive processes. This coincides with work by other researchers, such as that of cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Smilek, of the University of Waterloo in Canada, who suggests eye blinking is a sign of mind-wandering, and we close our eyelids so less information comes into the brain.” Written by Catharine Paddock PhD, Medical News Today.


*Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe —
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea —
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish —
Never afeard are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam —
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

5 comments on “In the Blinken of an Eye

  1. Oh great. Now, when I’m with someone, I’m going to watch how many times they blink,
    and think if they are a ‘reflective’ person:))) I’m thinking, I do have a friend that rarely blinks.
    I had noticed, that he isn’t a reflective person, and I wondered why. Thanks Judy,
    mystery is solved. It does make sense.
    Thank you for posting ‘wynken, bynken and nod (didn’t know the spelling). I love that nursery rhyme. I’m teaching a refugee, how to read. I will print this, so she can learn to read it and then read it two her seven yr. old twins.
    Oh, I blink a lot. I always thought, it was like a camera lens, taking different images. Will report my observations:)


  2. Cool and interesting concept, and an artist I used to admire and had all but forgotten about (until I blinked a few times). Is sleep an extended blink?


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