What the Rattlesnake Said

By Vachel Lindsay 1879–1931 Vachel Lindsay
The Moon's a little prairie-dog.   
He shivers through the night.   
He sits upon his hill and cries   
For fear that I will bite.

The Sun's a broncho.   He's afraid   
Like every other thing,   
And trembles morning, noon and night
Lest I should spring and sting.

Source: Poetry (July 1913).


This poem originally appeared in the July 1913 issue of Poetry magazine

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July 1913
 Vachel  Lindsay


Vachel Lindsay became famous in his day as a traveling bard whose dramatic delivery in public readings helped keep appreciation for poetry as a spoken art alive in the American Midwest. With their strong rhythms rooted in the American vernacular, revival meetings, the soap box, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe and William Blake, poems such as "The Santa Fe Trail," "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight," and "The Congo" have become . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Animals

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Persona

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