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Winter Song
Katherine Mansfield

Rain and wind, and wind and rain.
Will the Summer come again?
Rain on houses, on the street,
Wetting all the people's feet,
Though they run with might and main.
Rain and wind, and wind and rain.

Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.
Will the Winter never go?
What do beggar children do
With no fire to cuddle to,
P'raps with nowhere warm to go?
Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.

Hail and ice, and ice and hail,
Water frozen in the pail.
See the robins, brown and red,
They are waiting to be fed.
Poor dears, battling in the gale!
Hail and ice, and ice and hail.

This poem is in the public domain.



Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp (1888–1923) was a New Zealand poet and short story writer who began publishing work at the age of ten, although her original intent was to be a cellist rather than a writer. Born into a well-to-do family, an annual stipend from her father kept Katherine from ever having to work; she lived and traveled around Europe, writing and befriending fellow writers such as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. While her personal life was tumultuous, her literary achievements were stellar; Katherine is today considered New Zealand's most famous author and one of the most significant influences on twentieth century short story writers. She published three books before her death from tuberculosis at the age of 34; two additional books were published posthumously.




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Wilda Morris:
This could well have been written this winter!
Posted 02/23/2015 02:28 PM
A song indeed. Nice to read aloud.
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