Robert Francis

(August 12, 1901 - July 13, 1987 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Farm Boy After Summer - Poem by Robert Francis

A seated statue of himself he seems.
A bronze slowness becomes him. Patently
The page he contemplates he doesn't see.

The lesson, the long lesson, has been summer.
His mind holds summer, as his skin holds sun.
For once the homework, all of it, was done.

What were the crops, where were the fiery fields
Where for so many days so many hours
The sun assaulted him with glittering showers.

Expect a certain absence in his presence.
Expect all winter long a summer scholar,
For scarcely all its snows can cool that color.


Comments about Farm Boy After Summer by Robert Francis

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/12/2018 11:02:00 PM)


    A seated statue of himself he seems. excellent penned (Report) Reply

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  • (3/12/2018 2:43:00 PM)


    I'm gayer than this guy. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (3/12/2018 7:53:00 AM)


    Another cool (maybe I should say, hot?) poem offered to us today. As a former student stuck in a classroom and as a teacher observing daydreaming students, who cannot relate to this well-wrought picture? -GK (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/12/2018 7:32:00 AM)


    'Expect a certain absence in his presence.
    Expect all winter long a summer scholar,
    For scarcely all its snows can cool that color. '.. is very nice. Beautifully crafted. Loved it.
    (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/12/2018 4:51:00 AM)


    So happy to see a poem on a farmer,
    Beautifully portrayed are the assaulting sun, glittering showers and the fiery fields
    (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/12/2018 3:52:00 AM)


    It is abeautiful poem on seasons having haunting expression. Nice penmanship. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/12/2018 2:08:00 AM)


    Such a heartwarming poem by Robert Francis👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2017 11:25:00 PM)


    A summer scholar and his story, enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/12/2017 12:28:00 PM)


    It is hard work during summer and 'A bronze slowness becomes him. Patently
    The page he contemplates he doesn't see.' is what most of us go through at that time. Very nice. Enjoyed.
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (3/12/2017 5:55:00 AM)


    A summer poem beautifully presented..
    What were the crops, where were the fiery fields
    Where for so many days so many hours
    The sun assaulted him with glittering showers....very realistic
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2017 4:54:00 AM)


    a poem of sunshine and hard work? beautifully written! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/12/2017 4:16:00 AM)


    Glittering showers.... thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (3/12/2017 4:00:00 AM)


    The poem has such a beautiful imagery. Nicely articulated. Freshness of expression. Thanks.
    His mind holds summer, as his skin holds sun.
    Expect a certain absence in his presence.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/12/2017 3:51:00 AM)


    A seated statue! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/12/2017 12:20:00 AM)


    A seated statue of himself he seems. thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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