Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Today's poem by Clyde Watson


November

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.


Clyde Watson


22 comments:

  1. Lovely poem and such a cozy-looking room. Sorry to be so absent. I'm hoping to catch up over the holiday weekend, although I'm working on Friday. Love you, dear friend.

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    1. Sadie was certainly comfortable! I'll be interested in your work stories on Friday. :<) And love you, too.

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  2. Ahhhhh yes ~ the settling into winter mode..... Love it. Well, maybe not the ice in the water buckets, that's just down right no fun. :)

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    1. Our pasture water line just froze so Tom is back to hauling buckets from the house to the barn every day.

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  3. Lovely pictures Nan and such a cosy room. Your dog sure knows where to sit!!! What a beautiful poem. I really enjoyed it!

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    1. So pleased you liked it! Yeah, Sadie spends a lot of time there. :<)

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  4. I love the poem and I love November. As much as I also love December I will be sorry that November has fled so fast.

    That room is just right for this poem! I love it!

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    1. I love to hear that people really do enjoy these end of year months. That's the kitchen. We've got two 'soft' chairs in there near the stove.

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    2. A fire in the kitchen for breakfast on a cold morning would be true bliss. And then two chairs to sit in. Very nice!

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    3. That stove goes all day and night. There are coals in the morning and we just add a bit of kindling and wood to boost it.

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  5. "The earth sinks to rest" - and so, it seems, does Sadie. Wonderful coupling of Watson's poem and your cozy room.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thanks so much. Sadie was in the right spot when I published the poem. :<)

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  6. Happy thanksgiving. Love the poem and the picture is perfect with it. Looking cozy.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving Nan! Thank you for all you've taught me and for the books on my TBR list (I think ;>)!)

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  8. It's not so bad if you're sitting next to a woodstove fire reading poems. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. Oh, lovely! My children memorized that poem way back when they were small. Thank you for the memory jog. It is perfect for the end of November, too.

    Ice in the bucket here, too - minus 18 Celsius this morning and the barnyard water hydrant was frozen, but we got it going again (tiger torch!) and now it's all wrapped up with a little insulated plywood house over it & a light bulb burning. Because we packed water by hand from the house for way too many years to face doing it again! ;-)

    Stay warm.

    ~Barb

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  10. I'm so pleased to hear that about the kids. Do kids memorize now? I wonder. One of my little regrets is that when we built our barn (and had more money!) we should have put in a water line to it. Tom hauls water from the outside all-season spigot on the house over to the barn from November through April. It isn't too far, and he carries two buckets at a time - two trips. He doesn't really mind but it sure would be nice to have water in there.

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  11. Ours are supposed to be freeze-proof, but lately the one we use most has been finicky so we're thinking a seal may be gone which leaves some water in the head - time for a rebuild. Our barnyard water lines were a 40th birthday present to me 8 years ago from my neighbours and my family - they supplied the backhoe and the first hydrant, and we went ahead and put in three in various places, because while you've got a huge trench dug through your hayshed and barnyard, you might as well go all the way, right?! I didn't really mind packing water either, until we got the lines and hydrants done, and now I'd hate to go back to it.

    Re: the poetry - we homeschooled, and read a lot of poetry. Not sure about the public school kids. I think they do a bit in the early grades. I'm part of the regional performing arts festival board and we do have a speech arts discipline, which is well attended by both soloists (homeschoolers star in this category :-) ) and groups from various schools. It's a lot of fun!

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    1. Thank you so much for coming back to 'talk!' My absolute favorite thing about blogging. Very interesting about the water. What a very nice present. Yes, it is the homeschoolers who take the time for such important things. One of my great friends homeschool her three (not a religious homeschooler), and those kids had a great education. What a great thing your board is.

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