Poet: Robert Frost
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: Published/Written in 1928
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Aug 24 2000
Comment 26 of 26, added on April 22nd, 2013 at 4:06 PM.
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Comment 24 of 26, added on March 14th, 2012 at 11:48 PM.
MY 5TH EFFORTThe Golden ShovelBill and Will were unemployed,And nedeed to find work.There were two jobs available.But for a tiny quirk.The work was at the stockyards,shoveling behind sheep,so much of it in front of them.and piled up pretty deep.The foreman called out “Anyonewho wants to labor here,must bring to work your shovel.Are these instructions clear?”Neither Bill or Will had shovels,So each one made his plan.Bill bought the cheapest shovel.His credit card did scan.But Will went and sold everythingtrue, all things that he had.Will commissioned a solid gold shovel,with a rubber left foot pad.Bill and Will showed up to workto labor for their pay.But, Bill was mighty burdenedwith the question of the day.“How will you ever earn enoughTo pay for that gold shovel?You’ve spent each coin you ever had.You’ve even sold your hovel.”But Will just kept on shoveling,He toiled both night and day.Bill never got his answer.He wanted it that way.By Michael Grove
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