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A Country Boy in Winter

by Sarah O. Jewett

          THE wind may blow the snow about,
            For all I care, says Jack,
          And I don't mind how cold it grows,
            For then the ice won't crack.
          Old folks may shiver all day long,
            But I shall never freeze;
          What cares a jolly boy like me
            For winter days like these?

          Far down the long snow-covered hills
            It is such fun to coast,
          So clear the road! the fastest sled
            There is in school I boast.
          The paint is pretty well worn off,
            But then I take the lead;
          A dandy sled's a loiterer,
            And I go in for speed.

          When I go home at supper-time,
            Ki! but my cheeks are red!
          They burn and sting like anything;
            I'm cross until I'm fed.
          You ought to see the biscuit go,
            I am so hungry then;
          And old Aunt Polly says that boys
            Eat twice as much as men.

          There's always something I can do
            To pass the time away;
          The dark comes quick in winter-time--
            A short and stormy day
          And when I give my mind to it,
            It's just as father says,
          I almost do a man's work now,
            And help him many ways.

          I shall be glad when I grow up
            And get all through with school,
          I'll show them by-and-by that I
            Was not meant for a fool.
          I'll take the crops off this old farm,
            I'll do the best I can.
          A jolly boy like me won't be
            A dolt when he's a man.

          I like to hear the old horse neigh
            Just as I come in sight,
          The oxen poke me with their horns
            To get their hay at night.
          Somehow the creatures seem like friends,
            And like to see me come.
          Some fellows talk about New York,
            But I shall stay at home.
 

Edited by Terry Heller, Coe College.



Note

"A Country Boy in Winter" appeared in Harper's Young People (3:194) for January 24, 1882.  This poem is not listed in Weber & Weber, A Bibliography of the Published Writings (1949), nor does it appear in other Jewett collections.  It was reprinted in John Hollander, American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, v. 2 (1993) p. 466.  This was pointed out by Steve Spanoudis and Nelson Miller, who included it at their web site, "Poets' Corner."


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