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Ellis Parker Butler (Эллис Паркер Батлер)


A Question


Whene’er I feed the barnyard folk
  My gentle soul is vexed;
My sensibilities are torn
  And I am sore perplexed.

The rooster so politely stands
  While waiting for his food,
But when I feed him, what a change!
  He then is rough and rude.

He crowds his gentle wives aside
  Or pecks them on the head;
Sometimes I think it would be best
  If he were never fed.

And so I often stand for hours
  Deciding which is right—
To impolitely have enough,
  Or starve and be polite.



Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. The Sheep
  2. When Ida Puts Her Armor On
  3. Ridden Down
  4. The Tearful Tale of Captain Dan
  5. Says Mister Doojabs


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Francis Thompson (Фрэнсис Томпсон) A Question ("O bird with heart of wassail")
  • Alfred Austin (Альфред Остин) A Question ("Love, wilt thou love me still when wintry streak")
  • Isaac Rosenberg (Айзек Розенберг) A Question ("What if you shut your eyes and look")
  • Dinah Craik (Дина Крейк) A Question ("SOUL, spirit, genius--which thou art--that whence")
  • Robert Frost (Роберт Фрост) A Question ("A voice said, Look me in the stars")

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