Woods Poems: 29 / 500

Going For Water

Rating: 3.0

The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
Across the fields behind the house
To seek the brook if still it ran;
Not loth to have excuse to go,
Because the autumn eve was fair
(Though chill), because the fields were ours,
And by the brook our woods were there.

We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.

But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.

Each laid on other a staying hand
To listen ere we dared to look,
And in the hush we joined to make
We heard, we knew we heard the brook.

A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.

Rose Wilder 16 April 2013

Wonderful. I can imagine myself doing this very same thing.

20 11 Reply
Stephen W 28 March 2013

Very beautiful poem, quite extraordinary.

19 11 Reply
* Sunprincess * 27 October 2012

wow this is awesome poetry with all my favourites the moon, gnomes and the brook, so magical..fabulous!

21 9 Reply
Andrew Hoellering 24 June 2009

Another wonderfully suggestive poem. The errand is to fetch water where there was none. Frost allows us to imagine the scene as the couple run to meet the moon through their woods, the bare autumnal trees bereft of birdsong. What began as a practical errand is transformed in the last two verses. The brook is no longer viewed as an object that yields water, but as a thing of beauty, to be appreciated for its own sake.

21 4 Reply
Priya 24 May 2018

My heart beated this poems

1 3 Reply
Mystery gold 18 January 2019

Heart touching poem Tought me what would happen if we didn’t have water . Loved it

0 0 Reply
mystery poet 31 October 2018

Crocking, leaping frogs half on water half on land always eating bugs

1 1 Reply
ANGEL 25 October 2018


1 1 Reply
RAVI KUMAR 26 September 2018

Special poem it is super

1 1 Reply
M.VEMBARASAN 15 August 2018

like the poem

2 0 Reply