what wants pruning, shingling, breaking up.
He'll know what he would do if he were we,
And all at once. He'll plan for us and plan
To help us, but he'll take it out in planning.
Well, you can set the table with the loaf.
Let's see you find your loaf. I'll light the fire.
I like chairs occupying other chairs
Not offering a lady--"
"There again, Joe! _You're tired._"
"I'm drunk-nonsensical tired out; Don't mind a word I say. It's a day's work
To empty one house of all household goods
And fill another with 'em fifteen miles away,
Although you do no more than dump them down."
"Dumped down in paradise we are and happy."
"It's all so much what I have always wanted,
I can't believe it's what you wanted, too."
"Shouldn't you like to know?"
"I'd like to know If it is what you wanted, then how much
You wanted it for me."
"A troubled conscience! You don't want me to tell if _I_ don't know."
"I don't want to find out
A beautiful book by the poet at the height of his skill. The poems are set in the Vermont countryside, and are sharp comments on people, nature, and the seasons.
The book includes, The Road Not Taken, A Patch of Old Snow, Birches, The Hill Wife, Snow, and my favorite of all his, the tenderly gruesome, Out, Out--.