Robert Kirkland Kernighan

(25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926 / Ontario)

Gentle Spring - Poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

I sit with my feet in the oven,

My nose close up to the pipe ;
I 'm as jokey as any spring robin,

That 's fresh and is rather unripe.

I still wear my ear muffs and cap ;

I still to my overcoat cling ;
Still I feel it my duty to sit

And warble of ; Beautiful Spring.

But my warble is husky and harsh,
And my melody suffers from cracks ;

For the froglets down there in the marsh
Are shivering with humps on their backs.

Of my country I 'm awfully proud ;

So I close to the cooking stove cling,
And lilt, like a dog in a shroud,

Of the coming of Beautiful Spring.

The neck of old winter's giraffic,

It reaches far out into May ;
O, come with your sonnet seraphic,

Sweet robin, come early, I pray.

But be sure and put overshoes on ;

Bring an overcoat over your wing,
And a bag full of mufflers and socks,

When you herald Ethereal Spring.


But still will I manfully sit,

While I close to the cooking stove cling ;
In the voice of a frosted tomtit

Will I sing of Ethereal Spring.


Comments about Gentle Spring by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

  • Jack Peachum (10/20/2018 8:24:00 AM)


    Wonderful Lilting & semiserious in the manner of Thomas Grey... (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/20/2018 4:58:00 AM)


    Flowers of Spring! !

    Gentle Spring.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Stuart Munro (10/20/2018 2:21:00 AM)


    Wow, , , , this poet is fantastic, , , , with delighted esubarance hope this is Spelteth right Bri, , , tee hee, , , , (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/20/2018 12:50:00 AM)


    Such a great poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan......................... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2012



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