By Robert Dodsley
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And round her house she set Such a barricade of barb and check Against mutinous weather As no mere insurgent man could hope to break With curse, fist, threat Or love, either. Rhyme I've got a stubborn goose whose gut's Honeycombed with golden eggs, Yet won't lay one. She, addled in her goose-wit, struts The barnyard like those taloned hags Who ogle men And crimp their wrinkles in a grin, Jangling their great money bags. While I eat grits She fattens on the finest grain. Now, as I hone my knife, she begs Pardon, and that's So humbly done, I'd turn this keen Steel on myself before profit By such a rogue's Act, but—how those feathers shine!
At random 47 1956 A beggar stops among eggs and loaves, Props a leg-stump upon a crutch, Jiggles his tin cup at the good wives. By lack and loss these beggars encroach On spirits tenderer than theirs, Suffering-toughened beyond the fetch Of finest conscience. Nightfall obscures The bay's sheer, extravagant blue, White house and almond grove. The beggars Outlast their evilest star, wryly And with a perfidious verve Baffle the dark, the pitying eye. Spider Anansi, black busybody of the folktales, You scuttle out on impulse Blunt in self-interest As a sledge hammer, as a man's bunched fist, Yet of devils the cleverest To get your carousals told: You spun the cosmic web: you squint from center field.
From brunt of axe-crack She shied sideways: a white fizz! and the giant, pursuing, Crumbled to smoke. Humbled then, and crying, The girl bent homeward, brimful of gentle talk And mild obeying. 59 1957 Mayflower Throughout black winter the red haws withstood Assault of snow-flawed winds from the dour skies And, bright as blood-drops, proved no brave branch dies If root's firm-fixed and resolution good. Now, as green sap ascends the steepled wood, Each hedge with such white bloom astounds our eyes As sprang from Joseph's rod, and testifies How best beauty's born of hardihood.
A collection of poems by Robert Dodsley