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A Girl's Garden by Robert Frost



A neighbor of mine in the village
    Likes to tell how one spring
When she was a girl on the farm, she did
    A childlike thing.

One day she asked her father
    To give her a garden plot
To plant and tend and reap herself,
    And he said, “Why not?”

In casting about for a corner
    He thought of an idle bit
Of walled-off ground where a shop had stood,
    And he said, “Just it.”

And he said, “That ought to make you
    An ideal one-girl farm,
And give you a chance to put some strength
    On your slim-jim arm.”

It was not enough of a garden,
    Her father said, to plough;
So she had to work it all by hand,
    But she don’t mind now.

She wheeled the dung in the wheelbarrow
    Along a stretch of road;
But she always ran away and left
    Her not-nice load.

And hid from anyone passing.
    And then she begged the seed.
She says she thinks she planted one
    Of all things but weed.

A hill each of potatoes,
    Radishes, lettuce, peas,
Tomatoes, beets, beans, pumpkins, corn,
    And even fruit trees

And yes, she has long mistrusted
    That a cider apple tree
In bearing there to-day is hers,
    Or at least may be.

Her crop was a miscellany
    When all was said and done,
A little bit of everything,
    A great deal of none.

Now when she sees in the village
    How village things go,
Just when it seems to come in right,
    She says, “I know!

It’s as when I was a farmer——”
    Oh, never by way of advice!
And she never sins by telling the tale
    To the same person twice.


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Comments

  1. Fun post for A and fun poem ~ did you write it ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. sounds like a big garden! Very cute! {:-D

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  3. I've haven't read Frost since I was in school.

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  4. Great poem - thought-provoking!

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  5. I need to dig out my old poetry books and read a little. I do love Mr. Frost...

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  6. That was very interesting! I don't believe I've heard this before.

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  7. I love Bob!

    Okay.

    Robert.

    Okay.

    Mr. Frost.

    I read this one long ago and had totally forgotten about it until I clicked on your link!

    What an enjoyable and amazing surprise!

    Thanks for the smile!

    And reminding me I need to re-read Robert Frost!

    Thank you for linking for the letter A.

    A+

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  8. Like this poem, never heard this one before. Thanks for sharing.

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