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Summer Evening
Walter de la Mare


The sandy cat by the farmer's chair
Mews at his knee for dainty fare;
Old Rover in his moss-greened house
Mumbles a bone, and barks at a mouse.
In the dewy fields the cattle lie
Chewing the cud 'neath a fading sky.
Dobbin at manger pulls his hay:
Gone is another summer's day.

This poem is in the public domain.



Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956) was a British author of diverse talent who wrote everything from horror stories to children's books. Known to family and friends as "Jack," his work tended to focus around the themes of childhood, imagination, and the supernatural. Happily married to a woman ten years his senior, with whom he had four children, Walter spent nearly twenty years working as a bookkeeper before a government pension finally allowed him to fully devote his time to writing. For more information, visit The Walter de la Mare Society website.



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Wonderfully evocative of sunset in the country - a nice break from my noisy urban day!
Posted 08/22/2020 02:07 PM
Posted 08/19/2020 01:59 PM
michael escoubas:
I never ceased to be amazed at the technical craftsmanship of the late-19th, early 20th century poets. This is a great example of cadence and end-rhyme, employed by a master. Totally delightful.
Posted 08/19/2020 12:44 PM
Larry Schug:
I hope days like this are still happening somewhere.
Posted 08/19/2020 08:26 AM

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