Treasure Island

Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

The Telephone


'When I was just as far as I could walk From here today, There was an hour All still When leaning with my head again a flower I heard you talk. Don't say I didn't, for I heard you say-- You spoke from that flower on the window sill- Do you remember what it was you said?' 'First tell me what it was you thought you heard.' 'Having found the flower and driven a bee away, I leaned on my head And holding by the stalk, I listened and I thought I caught the word-- What was it? Did you call me by my name? Or did you say-- Someone said "Come" -- I heard it as I bowed.' 'I may have thought as much, but not aloud.' "Well, so I came.'

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Andrew Hoellering (8/21/2009 12:18:00 PM)

    This poem surely deserves to be set out as Frost wrote it!


    The Telephone

    'When I was just as far as I could walk
    From here today,
    There was an hour
    All still
    When leaning with my head against a flower
    I heard you talk.
    Don't say I didn't, for I heard you say—
    You spoke from that flower on the window sill-
    Do you remember what it was you said? '

    'First tell me what it was you thought you heard.'

    'Having found the flower and driven a bee away,
    I leaned my head
    And holding by the stalk,
    I listened and I thought I caught the word—
    What was it? Did you call me by my name?
    Or did you say—
    Someone said 'Come' - I heard it as I bowed.'

    'I may have thought as much, but not aloud.'

    'Well, so I came.'

    Robert Frost (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (7/31/2006 9:01:00 AM)

    This charming off the wall poem is set to music by Randall Thompson who had a great deal of fun with its chatty confusion. (Report) Reply

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