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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 Ballade of the Automobile
  2. Why Washington Retreated
  3. When Ida Puts Her Armor On
  4. Womanly Qualms
  5. The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay


Poems of another 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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