The Poetry Corner

Bat Hanging

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Poetry has always been part of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Look back through every calendar month and you will see a snippet of verse or folklore. Here are three poems for you to contemplate today.

The Poetry Corner from Puzzles & Pleasantries

Many of the poems we share with you are written by the great poets of the ages, however, you’ll often find poems written by us, your Almanac editors!  Our favorite topic, no surprise, is often about growing things. Enjoy … and tell us which poem is your favorite.

The Night-Wanderer
When the clear night wind sweeps out of the West
With the going down of the Sun,
I watch for the flight of the little black bat,
My shadow-winged, velvet One!

I see him flit in the deepening dusk,
On the edge of the wind up high,
Where the tops of the pines are furry black
On the golden-orange sky.

I watch him dart through the windy leaves,
In silvery whispering groves
Of oak and maple and poplar trees
The little wild creature loves.

–in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1910

There’s Only One Flower in the World for Me
You may write about your daisies,
Your violets, and roses;
You may write of buttercups,
Daffodils and other posies;
You may sing of larks and robins,
Nightingales, with all your power;
But there’s nothing that can touch my heart,
Like a fine, large cauliflower.

–in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1901

The Old Farmer’s Almanac
It hung beside the tinder box and flint
Beneath the braided “traces” of the corn.
It hung beside the matchbox in the glint
Of whale-oil lamp, its pages frayed and worn
By fingers, roughened with their daily stint.
In days ere Bell and Edison were known;
And now beneath the incandescent’s glow
It hangs beside the farmer’s telephone.

–in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1925

These poems come from our Puzzles & Pleasantries book which is packed with riddles, puzzles, mind bloggers (and, yes, some poetry).

You can now purchase the new Puzzles & Pleasantries book here!

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