Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
July 12th, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 111,284 comments.
James Whitcomb Riley - When the Frost is on the Punkin

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,
And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens,
And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it's then's the times a feller is a-feelin' at his best,
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
 
They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here--
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock--
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
 
The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
And the raspin' of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;
The stubble in the furries--kindo' lonesome-like, but still
A-preachin' sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;
The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;
The hosses in theyr stalls below--the clover over-head!--
O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!
 
Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
Is poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;
And your cider-makin' 's over, and your wimmern-folks is through
With their mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and saussage, too! ...
I don't know how to tell it--but ef sich a thing could be
As the Angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me--
I'd want to 'commodate 'em--all the whole-indurin' flock--
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!

Share |

Added: Jun 9 2004 | Viewed: 527 times | Comments and analysis of When the Frost is on the Punkin by James Whitcomb Riley Comments (37)

When the Frost is on the Punkin - Comments and Information

Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: When the Frost is on the Punkin
Volume: Complete Works
Year: Published/Written in 1916
Poem of the Day: Oct 30 2009

Comment 37 of 37, added on July 4th, 2014 at 7:05 AM.
dQnQLUYjcdKsNeIfIn

GaqpLE Really informative blog post.Thanks Again.

good backlinks from Bangladesh
Comment 36 of 37, added on June 17th, 2014 at 7:44 AM.
AXuRVkTUbOPaOJCo

Ndp5gh Thanks a lot for the article post. Fantastic.

nice penalty removal from China
Comment 35 of 37, added on June 4th, 2014 at 9:44 AM.
PfXmKTiBGwboUa

a8YPQ2 Muchos Gracias for your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

seo company from Nepal

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, When the Frost is on the Punkin, has received 37 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

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