Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bare with me.....

I am in a mood as you can probably tell by the song playing as well as this poem I am showing you. I always get this way in the fall... Fall is just a time for thinking and remembering. So read and savor the pictures created in your mind.
by: James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)
      HEN 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.


Mary said...

Wonderful post! I haven't read that in years and your photos are so perfect for it! I love fall, but am not sure I'm ready yet.

dot said...

I haven't read that in years and years!

Carletta said...

I'm so with you Rose!
Those apples look delicious.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

One of my favourite poems, Rose. I LOVE fall too. ;-)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Rose
I'm playing catch up here today and I wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed it... the post that moved methe most was this one.. the poem is excellent and the pictures bought the words alive...

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful farmer photos.
Great song.
Luiz Ramos

The Mulligan Family said...

Hi Rose -
Your photo story complimented the poem and the song perfectly. I haven't heard that song in a very long time.... made me quite nostalgic.
Thank you for visiting my site. I'm glad you enjoyed the story about my parents. They were really awesome people...
Cheers! Cindy

Denise said...

Great post, I thoroughly enjoyed the photos and the poetry.