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Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

When, oh when, will fall get to Florida?   I’m longing for it, but it’s been over 90 degrees every day lately, with very little respite in sight.  So I guess I’m relegated to digging up every autumn poem I ever read, and gazing longingly at photos of fall foliage!  With no further ado, I present today’s autumn offering.

Gathering Leaves

By Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

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8 thoughts on “Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

  1. I feel the same way! I longingly look at the colorful fall photos bloggers post… I guess at least we have that 🙂


  2. Are you in Florida, as well? We seem to be having a very LONG, LINGERING summer here, though at least the three digit temps of July and August are gone. Days like today make me wish I were in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my favorite place on earth to be. I take little mental road trips along the Parkway, stopping at overlooks and remembering views I’ve been entranced by. Of course, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you I take “mental roadtrips” all the time, every day, regardless of season.


    Thanks for commenting, and I hope wherever you are, you soon have some cooler temperature to enjoy, and maybe a leaf or two that turns a color more interesting than brown before dropping from the branch.


  3. Ha! I squeezed some Frost into a recent post too–love him and fall!


  4. Hi, Alice! Great to see you here this morning! I went straight over to check your post, and I loved it. Frost can make me very happy, especially when I’m feeling nostalgic. There’s an essential truth in his work that you don’t have to be a scholar to understand.

    Loved your photos, too, and your header. Spiderwort is one of my favorite weeds…er…I mean, wildflowers, of course! I let them pop up in my garden wherever they like, just to enjoy those gorgeous blue blooms. They are free to stay where they wish, as long as I don’t need the space for anything else.

    Thanks again for stopping by, and I will be following your blog now, too. (I thought I had already done so, but I’m making certain now, so I don’t miss any more goodies. Have a great day!



  5. It’s downright chilly here in PA today. I finally had to close all of my windows.


  6. Aw, man! Now you’ve done it! I’m even missing my days in Pittsburgh!!! *sigh*

    My only solace is that in another 2 months, I will be working in my garden, planting winter vegetables, enjoying cool, sunny days, and just enough night time chill to have a fire crackling in the fireplace. And you guys will be freezin’ yer backsides off! Bwaaahahahahaha. THAT’S my Evil Plan.

    Color Me “Still Runnin’ the A/C in Sanford!
    Marcia (ps, thanks for stopping by!)


  7. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!


  8. You were a good little camper, Russel Ray, and I’m happy you had fun today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon!


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