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A Friend in the Garden
Juliana Horatia Ewing


He is not John the gardener,
And yet the whole day long
Employs himself most usefully,
The flower-beds among.

He is not Tom the pussy-cat,
And yet the other day,
With stealthy stride and glistening eye,
He crept upon his prey.

He is not Dash the dear old dog,
And yet, perhaps, if you
Took pains with him and petted him,
You'd come to love him too.

He's not a Blackbird, though he chirps,
And though he once was black;
And now he wears a loose grey coat,
All wrinkled on the back.

He's got a very dirty face,
And very shining eyes!
He sometimes comes and sits indoors;
He looks--and p'r'aps is--wise.

But in a sunny flower-bed
He has his fixed abode;
He eats the things that eat my plants--
He is a friendly TOAD.

This poem is in the public domain.



Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841 - 1885) was an English writer, editor, and artist. Daughter of a preacher and a successful children's book author, she and her siblings were home-schooled and Julie, as she was called, demonstrated a knack for storytelling early on. She lived briefly in Canada after marrying a British officer, and found much inspiration in the people, sights, and adventures she discovered there. Julie wrote primarily for children; her work is noted for its simplicity, detail, and humor. One of her stories, "The Brownies,” inspired the name of the first level of Girl Scouts.


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What fun! Thank you for a bit of cheer to start the day!
Posted 05/14/2020 01:08 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Fun. Thank you, Jayne.
Posted 05/14/2020 11:20 AM
This would make a lovely children's book!
Posted 05/14/2020 10:18 AM
michael escoubas:
An inexpensive and effective gardener for sure! Delightful poem.
Posted 05/14/2020 08:44 AM
Larry Schug:
Jayne,you must have wonderful days, sifting through poems before choosing just the right one to bring joy to so many readers. Thank you.
Posted 05/14/2020 07:14 AM

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