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Poem by John Clare


Dyke Side


The frog croaks loud, and maidens dare not pass
But fear the noisome toad and shun the grass;
And on the sunny banks they dare not go
Where hissing snakes run to the flood below.
The nuthatch noises loud in wood and wild,
Like women turning skreeking to a child.
The schoolboy hears and brushes through the trees
And runs about till drabbled to the knees.
The old hawk winnows round the old crow's nest;
The schoolboy hears and wonder fills his breast.
He throws his basket down to climb the tree
And wonders what the red blotched eggs can be:
The green woodpecker bounces from the view
And hollos as he buzzes bye 'kew kew.' 



John Clare


John Clare's other poems:
  1. Birds in Alarm
  2. The Maid Of Jerusalem
  3. Turkeys
  4. Love Lives Beyond the Tombv
  5. Wood Rides


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