Robert Penn Warren

(April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989 / United States)

Tell Me a Story Poem by Robert Penn Warren


Long ago, in Kentucky, I, a boy, stood
By a dirt road, in first dark, and heard
The great geese hoot northward.

I could not see them, there being no moon
And the stars sparse.I heard them.

I did not know what was happening in my heart.

It was the season before the elderberry blooms,
Therefore they were going north.

The sound was passing northward.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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