Country Barnyard

Country Barnyard by Elizabeth Coatsworth


Cats and kittens, kittens and cats

under the barn and under the shed;

a face by the steps, a tail by the ramp

and off they go, if they hear a tread!


Sleep in the sun with one eye on guard,

doze in the grass with a listening ear,

run for the darkness under the barn

as soon as a human being draws near!


Not quite wild, and not quite tame,

thin and limber, with hungry eye:

the house cat sits at the kitchen door

disdainfully watching her kin go by.

Country Barnyard

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