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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler

A Question

Wheneer 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

Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Rich Boys Christmas
  3. Why I Went to the Foot
  4. Cupid Caught Napping
  5. The Final Tax

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

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

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