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OLD WINTERS ON THE FARM, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: I have jest about decided
Last Line: "groun'-hog's out and seed his shadder!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Farm Life; February; Groundhogs; Winter; Agriculture; Farmers; Woodchucks

I HAVE jest about decided
It'd keep a town-boy hoppin'
Fer to work all winter, choppin'
Fer a' old fireplace, like I did!
Lawz! them old times wuz contrairy! --
Blame' backbone o' winter, 'peared-like,
Wouldn't break! -- and I wuz skeerd-like
Clean on into Feb'uary!
Nothin' ever made me madder
Than fer Pap to stomp in, layin'
On a' extry forestick, sayin',
"Groun'-hog's out and seed his shadder!"

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