A Nature Note

     The following poem marks the end of the summer.

A NATURE NOTE                                                                                                
     by Robert Frost

Four or five whippoorwills                                                                                              
Have come down from their native ledge
To the open country edge
To give us a piece of their bills.

Two in June were a pair–
You’d say sufficiently loud,
But this was a family crowd,
A full-fledged family affair.

All out of time pell-mell!
I wasn’t in on the joke,
Unless it was coming to folk
To bid us a mock farewell.

I took note of when it occurred,
The twenty-third of September,
Their latest that I remember,
September the twenty-third.







a whippoorwill, almost hidden in the leaves

a whippoorwill, almost hidden in the leaves

5 Responses to “A Nature Note”

  1. Elizabeth Cottrell Says:

    Wonderful! I wasn’t familiar with this poem. I’m going to share your post with a friend who is a Hospice volunteer, and one of her patients is totally enamored of whippoorwills. I found her an audio recording of a whippoorwill to share with this patient.

  2. Livvie Mellan Shapiro Says:

    Lovely! Thanks for this.. helped me breathe deeply and smell the flowers!

  3. Priscilla Says:

    Thanks April. I enjoyed this.

  4. April Says:

    Today is September 24. Just last night I heard the whippoorwill, for the first time in several weeks. And it was September 23! Will that be the last time this season, as it was for Robert Frost?

  5. Diane Artz Furlong Says:

    I’d give anything to hear a whippoorwill again.

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