Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

To The Road


Cool is the wind, for the summer is waning,
Who 's for the road?
Sun-flecked and soft, where the dead leaves are raining,
Who 's for the road?
Knapsack and alpenstock press hand and shoulder,
Prick of the brier and roll of the boulder;
This be your lot till the season grow older;
Who 's for the road?

Up and away in the hush of the morning,
Who 's for the road?
Vagabond he, all conventions a-scorning,
Who 's for the road?
Music of warblers so merrily singing,
Draughts from the rill from the roadside up-springing,
Nectar of grapes from the vines lowly swinging,
These on the road.

Now every house is a hut or a hovel,
Come to the road:
Mankind and moles in the dark love to grovel,
But to the road.
Throw off the loads that are bending you double;
Love is for life, only labor is trouble;
Truce to the town, whose best gift is a bubble:
Come to the road!

Submitted: Friday, April 02, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (To The Road by Paul Laurence Dunbar )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Doing Time, Betsy Sholl
  2. ordeal, dr.k.g.balakrishnan kandangath
  3. Innovative way, hasmukh amathalal
  4. Haiku- Connotation, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  5. Silent Witness, James coupland
  6. A happy Farmer Family, Nishchal Ningleku
  7. Yes and no two words, gajanan mishra
  8. sister forever, yolandey breedt
  9. Diya (Reposted), DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  10. Life is better shared, belinda mrwebi

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova

 

Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. A Drinking Song, William Butler Yeats
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]