Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A WINTER DAY, by ALBERT LINDLEY BEANE

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A WINTER DAY, by            
First Line: A winter sky is overcast and gray
Last Line: And free eternally from toil and care.
Subject(s): Winter

A winter sky is overcast and gray ...
The shocks of corn like buckskin tepees rise
Beyond the dreary pasture's eastern side ...
The verdured slopes have turned to darkest tan,
And through the chilly day a flock of sheep
Is nibbling at the scanty forage found ...
The silly geese outspread their gleaming wings,
And screaming, run as though by demons chased --
Fat colts prance round and round to race their blood;
The stolid cattle crop the withered grass
Where linger traces of a fall of snow ...

The sheep and colts and cattle graze and graze --
The awkward geese are ever on a quest ...
These happy creatures do not, cannot know
That in a chamber in the slate-hued house
The hands that toiled to feed them carefully
At morn and eve in winter's bitterness,
Are lying folded, calm and pulseless now,
And free eternally from toil and care.

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