A Blue Ribbon At Amesbury Poem

A Blue Ribbon At Amesbury Poem By Robert Frost,

Such a nne pullet ougl1t to go
All cOIffured to a WInter show,
And be exhibited) and win.
The ans\ver IS thIS one ha() beenAnd come with all her hanOI s home

Her golden leg, her coral cOInb,
Her Huff of plumage, whIte as chalk,
Her style, were all the fancy’s talk.
It seems as if you must have heard.

She scored an almost perfect bIrd.
In her we make ourselves acquamted
With one a Sewell might have painted
Here common with the Hock agam,

At home in her abIding pen,
She hngers feedmg at the trough,
The last to let night dnve her off.
The one who gave her ankle-band,

Her keeper, empty pail in hand,
He hngers too, averse to slight
His chores for all the wintry nIght.
He leans agaillst the dusty wall,

Immured almost beyond recall,
A depth past many swmging doors
And many litter-mumed Hoors.
He meditates the breeder’s art.

He has a half a mind to start,
WIth her for Mother Eve, a race
That shall all living thIngs dIsplace.
7is ritual with her to lay

The full six days, then rest a day;
At whICh rate baning broodmess
She well may score an egg-success.
The gatherer can always tell

Her well-turned egg’s brown sturdy shell,
As safe a vehicle of seed
As is vouchsafed to feathered breed.
No human specter at the feast

Can scant or hurry her the least.
She takes her time to take her fill.
She whets a sleepy sated bill.
She gropes across the pen alone

To peck herself a precious stone.
She waters at the patent fount.
And so to roost, the last to mount.
The roost is her extent of Hight.

Yet once she rises to the height,
She shoulders wIth a wing so strong
She makes the whole flock move along.
The night is setting in to blow.

It scours the \\”indowpane with snow,
But barely gets from them or her,
For comment a complacent chirr.
The lowly pen is yet a hold

Against the dark and wind and cold
To give a prospect to a plan
And warrant prudence in a man.

A Blue Ribbon At Amesbury Poem

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