Foolin' Wid De Seasons Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Seems lak folks is mighty curusA
In de way dey t'inks an' ac'sA
Dey jes' spen's dey days a mixin'B
Up de t'ings in almanacsA
Now I min' my nex' do' neighbourC
He's a mighty likely manB
But he nevah t'inks o' nuffinB
'Ceptin' jes' to plot an' planB
All de wintah he was plannin'B
How he 'd gethah sassafrasA
Jes' ez soon ez evah SpringtimeD
Put some greenness in de grassA
An' he 'lowed a little soonahB
He could stan' a coolah breezeA
So 's to mek a little moneyB
F'om de sugah watah treesA
In de summah he 'd be waihin'B
Out de linin' of his soulE
Try 'n' ca'ci'late an' fashionB
How he 'd git his wintah coalE
An' I b'lieve he got his jedgementF
Jes' so tuckahed out an' thinnedF
Dat he t'ought a robin's whistleG
Was de whistle of de windF
Why won't folks gin up dey plannin'B
An' jes' be content to knowB
Dat dey 's gittin' all dat's fu' demD
In de days dat come an' goB
Why won't folks quit movin' forrardF
Ain't hit bettah jes' to stan'B
An' be satisfied wid livin'B
In de season dat 's at han'B
Hit 's enough fu' me to listenB
W'en de birds is singin' 'roun'B
'Dout a guessin' whut 'll happenB
W'en de snow is on de groun'B
In de Springtime an' de summahD
I lays sorrer on de she'fH
An' I knows ol' Mistah WintahF
Gwine to hustle fu' hisse'fH
We been put hyeah fu' a pu'poseA
But de questun dat has rizA
An' made lots o' people diffahH
Is jes' whut dat pu'pose isA
Now accordin' to my reas'nin'B
Hyeah's de p'int whaih I 's arrivH
Sence de Lawd put life into usA
We was put hyeah fu' to liveH

Paul Laurence Dunbar


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