I Sha’n’t Be Gone Long — You Come Too



I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.
~Robert Frost “The Pasture”

We all need an invitation to work together about now.  In these times when it feels like everything is going to hell in a handbasket, we all have some picking up and cleaning and clearing to do — and we can accomplish more if we do it side by side.
The world is continually trying to renew itself despite our attempts to destroy it so we need to pay attention.  The air and water can clear if we put in some effort,  there is new life all around us ready to thrive if we tend it lovingly like a mother.
Come with me to do what needs to be done.  You are invited.  We sha’n’t be gone long.

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8 thoughts on “I Sha’n’t Be Gone Long — You Come Too

  1. I like your take on The Pasture and how it can relate to our need to go out and clear and comfort, inviting others to share the experience. I memorized this poem many years ago and said it on the porch of his Derry Farm in N.H. where he wrote it. My daughter was with me and we won’t forget our time together. Last night my book club discussed the Jay Parini book on Frost’s life so it was a sweet surprise to find your writing and pictures on my computer this morning. Thank you.


  2. thank you! one of our favorites! my retired english teacher husband has been writing poetry and memoirs for more than 40 years, and this is one he taught me years ago. as the willamette valley is swallowed up in smoke from all the state fires, we long to get outside again and ‘tend our world’ right here. blessings…


  3. Yes, this is one of the memories I miss about my dear Eli…the working together. Side by side. But I’ll be coming along sometime in the future.. thank you emily. Beautiful post.


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