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Maytime in the Mountains

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 21, 2013

Maytime in the Mountains

by Howard R. Driggs

When Maytime comes a-smilin’ through the valleys
After blusterin’ March and fresh’nin’ April rains,
When the sun is pourin’ down its meller brightness,
Then we know for sure that spring is here again.
You kin see it in the wealth o’ burstin’ blossoms,
You kin feel it in the joy that’s everywhere —
Bees a-hummin’, birds a-singin’
Lambs a-bleatin’, kids a-chattin’
And the seagulls shoutin’ gladness through the air.

Mebbe some folks like the winter with its snowflakes,
Or the autumn time with corn and pum’kins too,
Or the summer with its melons and its berries,
But by jing I like the world best when it’s new.
The skies just seem more sunny blue in Maytime,
And the buds like cunnin’ babies fresh and fair —
Sego lilies bright’nin’ up the sagebrush,
Meadowlarks a-whistlin’ sweet and clear,
And the seagulls shoutin’ gladness through the air.

Can’t you see the plowboy turnin’ the brown furrows,
While the cows are feedin’ in the medders green,
Over yender in the cattails blackbirds chatterin’
And the gulls like doves a lightin’ near his team?
Lift yer eyes up to them grand old mountains,
Watch the snow-white clouds a floatin’ there,
Hear the streams a singin’ down the canyons,
Pine trees sighin’, aspens whisperin’
And the seagulls shoutin’ gladness through the air.

(1934)



8 Comments »

  1. But jest ‘fore Christmas, I’m as good as I kin be!

    Comment by Mark B. — May 21, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Cowboy po’try!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 21, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  3. It’s not quite “Jest ‘fore Christmas” or “The Cremation of Sam McGee.”

    Comment by Mark B. — May 21, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  4. Was the poet the same Howard R. Driggs who was a University of Utah professor and author? Namesake for a SLC elementary school?

    Comment by Seldom — May 21, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

  5. That’s the man, Seldom. We run into him every once in a while on posts.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 21, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  6. with a hint of Edward Guest.

    Comment by The Other Clark — May 22, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  7. The name is so close to “Springtime in the Rockies” that I’d bet there’s some connection. I’m guessing the author at the very least took inspiration from that traditional song.

    Comment by Chad Too — May 23, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  8. … which song has Mormon roots.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 23, 2013 @ 9:49 am

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