The Potato Harvest

Original Text: 
Selected Poems of Sir Charles G. D. Roberts (Toronto: Ryerson, 1936): 106. PS 8485 O22A17 Robarts Library.
1A high bare field, brown from the plough, and borne
2    Aslant from sunset; amber wastes of sky
3    Washing the ridge; a clamour of crows that fly
4In from the wide flats where the spent tides mourn
5To yon their rocking roosts in pines wind-torn;
6    A line of grey snake-fence, that zigzags by
7    A pond and cattle; from the homestead nigh
8The long deep summonings of the supper horn.
9Black on the ridge, against that lonely flush,
10    A cart, and stoop-necked oxen; ranged beside
11        Some barrels; and the day-worn harvest-folk,
12Here emptying their baskets, jar the hush
13    With hollow thunders. Down the dusk hillside


14] wain: wagon. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
In Divers Tones (1886).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.