The Wind Does Blow

The Wind
by Robert Louis Stevenson

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies’ skirts across the grass–
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all–
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

RL Stevenson visited the Texas Panhandle on a day like today and then wrote this poem. I know he did.

Oh my word. That is all I can say. Well actually it’s not. The wind is awful. It’s more than awful. It’s harrowing.

It causes me to ponder the Dust Bowl Era. As I look at images, I’m struck by the notion of how tough those people were. We’re a bunch of wimps nowadays.

Black Blizzards, Black Rollers. Woodie Guthrie wrote songs about “dust pneumonia blues”.
I got that dust pneumony, pneumony in my lung,
I got the dust pneumony, pneumony in my lung,
An’ I’m a-gonna sing this dust pneumony song.

I went to the doctor, and the doctor, said, My son,
I went to the doctor, and the doctor, said, My son,
You got that dust pneumony an’ you ain’t got long, not long.

Now there ought to be some yodelin’ in this song;
Yeah, there ought to be some yodelin’ in this song;
But I can’t yodel for the rattlin’ in my lung.
My good gal sings the dust pneumony blues,
My good gal sings the dust pneumony blues,
She loves me ’cause she’s got the dust pneumony, too.

It it wasn’t for choppin’ my hoe would turn to rust,
If it wasn’t for choppin’ my hoe would turn to rust,
I can’t find a woman in this black ol’ Texas dust.

Down in Oklahoma, the wind blows mighty strong,
Down in Oklahoma, the wind blows mighty strong,
If you want to get a mama, just sing a California song.

Down in Texas, my gal fainted in the rain,
Down in Texas, my gal fainted in the rain,
I throwed a bucket o’ dirt in her face just to bring her back again.”

At least we don’t all have the dust pneumony.
Yet.

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One thought on “The Wind Does Blow

  1. Love your “Rocket Surgeon” description… 🙂
    Hold on to your hat?
    Thank you for the poem …
    Another windy poem for you: Who has seen the wind? – Christina Rossetti

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