Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
September 17th, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 278,943 comments.
Edgar Lee Masters - Jonathan Houghton

There is the caw of a crow,
And the hesitant song of a thrush.
There is the tinkle of a cowbell far away,
And the voice of a plowman on Shipley's hill.
The forest beyond the orchard is still
With midsummer stillness;
And along the road a wagon chuckles,
Loaded with corn, going to Atterbury.
And an old man sits under a tree asleep,
And an old woman crosses the road,
Coming from the orchard with a bucket of blackberries.
And a boy lies in the grass
Near the feet of the old man,
And looks up at the sailing clouds,
And longs, and longs, and longs
For what, he knows not:
For manhood, for life, for the unknown world!
Then thirty years passed,
And the boy returned worn out by life
And found the orchard vanished,
And the forest gone,
And the house made over,
And the roadway filled with dust from automobiles --
And himself desiring The Hill!

Share |

Added: Mar 18 2005 | Viewed: 2667 times | Comments and analysis of Jonathan Houghton by Edgar Lee Masters Comments (1)

Jonathan Houghton - Comments and Information

Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Jonathan Houghton
Poem of the Day: Jan 22 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on October 13th, 2007 at 10:49 PM.

Very descriptive. True to life. I have an ancestor by that name.

Beverly from United States

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Jonathan Houghton, has received one comment so far. Click here to read it, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Masters Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore