When the Frost is on the Punkin

Original Text: 
James Whitcomb Riley, Complete Works, Memorial edn. in 10 vols. (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1916): III, 826-28. PS 2700 F16 Robarts Library.
2And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,
6With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
7As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
8When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
10When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here --
11Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
12And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
13But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
15Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock --
16When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
18And the raspin' of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;
20A-preachin' sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;
22The hosses in theyr stalls below -- the clover over-head! --
23O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
24When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!
25Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
26Is poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;
31I'd want to 'commodate 'em -- all the whole-indurin' flock --
32When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!

Notes

1] punlin: pumpkin.
shock: heap of sheaves of grain or corn piled in the field. Back to Line
3] guineys: guinea fowl, birds originally from West Africa raised in farms for their meat. Back to Line
4] hallylooyer: hallelujah. Back to Line
5] feller: fellow. Back to Line
9] kindo' harty-like: kind of hearty-like. Back to Line
14] airly: early. Back to Line
17] tossels: tassels. Back to Line
19] furries: furrows. Back to Line
21] medder: meadow. Back to Line
27] wimmern-folks: women-folks. Back to Line
28] mince: minced meat, for pies.
souse: pickled foods (e.g., fish). Back to Line
29] ef: if. Back to Line
30] boardin': the `board' from "room and board," i.e., meals (but not lodging). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1882
Publication Notes: 
Indianapolis Journal (August 5, 1882)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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