Vintage verse – Evening In A Sugar Orchard by Robert Frost

Evening In A Sugar Orchard

From where I lingered in a lull in march
outside the sugar-house one night for choice,
I called the fireman with a careful voice
And bade him leave the pan and stoke the arch:
‘O fireman, give the fire another stoke,
And send more sparks up chimney with the smoke.’
I thought a few might tangle, as they did,
Among bare maple boughs, and in the rare
Hill atmosphere not cease to glow,
And so be added to the moon up there.
The moon, though slight, was moon enough to show
On every tree a bucket with a lid,
And on black ground a bear-skin rug of snow.
The sparks made no attempt to be the moon.
They were content to figure in the trees
As Leo, Orion, and the Pleiades.
And that was what the boughs were full of soon.

by Robert Frost (18741963)


5 responses to “Vintage verse – Evening In A Sugar Orchard by Robert Frost”

  1. cote8050 Avatar

    I’ve always loved Robert Frost!!

  2. Julie Avatar

    “Leo, Orion, and the Pleiades” reminds me of Frost’s “Canis Major.” The guy liked his stars.
    Psst–I think your birth and death dates for Mr. Frost are a little off. Wikipedia says 1874-1963.

    1. Christine Klocek-Lim Avatar

      Whoops! Thanks for the date correction. Copy and paste failed me. 🙂

    2. joseph bottone Avatar
      joseph bottone

      Those birth and death dates are correct!

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