Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

The Man With The Wooden Leg

Poem by Katherine Mansfield

There was a man lived quite near us;
He had a wooden leg and a goldfinch in a green cage.
His name was Farkey Anderson,
And he'd been in a war to get his leg.
We were very sad about him,
Because he had such a beautiful smile
And was such a big man to live in a very small house.
When he walked on the road his leg did not matter
so much;
But when he walked in his little house
It made an ugly noise.
Little Brother said his goldfinch sang the loudest of
all birds,
So that he should not hear his poor leg
And feel too sorry about it.

Comments about The Man With The Wooden Leg by Katherine Mansfield

  • michael walker. (7/29/2019 8:57:00 PM)

    Better than some of her other poems, because it deals with a man with a disability
    with some empathy.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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