Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Time to Talk by Robert Frost

April 2018
 A Time to Talk
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
--Robert Frost

Happy National Poetry Month! I'm celebrating by continuing the 30-Poems-in-30-Days Challenge (here) and by chronicling some of my favorite poems in a notebook so I don't lose track of them. This poem by Robert Frost is one of them. I'm also celebrating with fellow blogger Elizabeth who commented in my previous post that she has been inspired to take up the challenge, too, and was almost half-way to her goal of 30 poems in 30 days on the day she commented. That's what it's all about--exploring the world of words, encouraging one another, being inspired by friends :-)

Enjoying the month. Enjoying poetry. Enjoying friendships. How about you?


  1. Like you, I'm enjoying many things. Chief among them this week is babysitting with two of my grandsons!

    A children's poet I really enjoy is Joyce Sidman. I love the imagery in her book RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS!

    1. Thanks, Peggy--you've done it again, led me to another writer/poet to check out! Hadn't heard of Sidman's work before this so I appreciate the tip...And I'm with you about the grandkids. We had one of ours for a sleepover this past week and such visits, no matter which child (of 6!), is such fun :-) Always good to hear from you. Have a great week ahead...

  2. Robert Frost is my favorite poet. I love poetry and many poets. But Robert Frost is my rock.

    1. Hi, Ann--and thanks for sharing your love for Robert Frost's poems. Do you have any poems of his in particular that stand out as favorites?

    2. I have always loved "The Gift Outright" which was written for an inauguration - JFK's I believe. I love how it starts - "The land was ours before we were the land's." I love the feel that we were part of this place even before it was a country.

    3. I had to look this one up--and like it, too :-) Made me want to read more of Frost's poetry so I got an old college-era literature book off the shelf and found quite a collection of his work in it. What a great way to spend a few minutes! Thanks again for sending a good title my way and inspiring me to dig a little deeper...

  3. Hi, Kenda, what a nice poem share above, I hadn't read that one, although I've read (and liked) some of Frost's poems. On another note, how did your 30 haikus (or is it haiku?) go? Did you do all 30? I finally did my 30th poem today. I never did register for the contest, because I was too late. Did you? If you turn your haiku into a chapbook, let me know; I'll buy a copy. I love haiku and would love to read them.

    1. Congratulations on writing 30 poems this month, Elizabeth. Wonderful news, all those new words and poetry :-) And yes, I met my goal, too. I'm happy about that. Not all poems are publishable yet, but the revision process starts tomorrow so we'll see. Thanks for your encouragement. I'd love to read your poetry, too :-)