Charles Henry Soutar

(11 October 1864 - 20 August 1944 / Aberdeen, Scotland)

Charles Henry Soutar Poems

1. Shifting Sand 3/14/2012
2. Bound For Sourabaya! 1/1/2004
3. The Mallee Fire 1/1/2004
4. Harvest Time 4/21/2010
Best Poem of Charles Henry Soutar

Harvest Time

When the cranky German waggon,
With its ten or fifteen bag on
Comes a-jerkin’ and a-joltin’ down the dusty, limestone street,
And the “Norther’s” blowin’ blindin’,
And the rollers are a-grindin’,
And the agent jabs his sampler thro’ the sackin’ to the wheat,
Let ’em slide along the plank! slide along! slide along!
Sixty bushels for the Bank; slide along!

When your back is fairly breakin’
And your very fingers shakin’
With the heavin’, heavin’, heavin’, in the blarsted, blazin’ sun;
And the agent finds the spots out
And takes all his sample lots ...

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