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Seasonal Poetry & Prose: 'A Winter Scene' by Henry David Thoreau



The rabbit leaps, The mouse out-creeps, The flag out-peeps ⁠Beside the brook; The ferret weeps, The marmot sleeps, The owlet keeps ⁠In his snug nook. The apples thaw, The ravens caw, The squirrels gnaw ⁠The frozen fruit. To their retreat I track the feet Of mice that eat ⁠The apple's root. The snow-dust falls, The otter crawls, The partridge calls, Far in the wood. The traveller dreams, The tree-ice gleams, The blue-jay screams ⁠In angry mood. The willows droop, The alders stoop, The pheasants group ⁠Beneath the snow. The catkins green Cast o'er the scene A summer's sheen, ⁠A genial glow.


'A Winter Scene' by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Artist Lucy Grossmith