Saturday, April 9, 2022

Edgar Guest, poet

  Car of the day

The 1904 National

just for today:


It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,

A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam

Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,

An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.

It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’ be,

How much yer chairs an’ tables cost, how great yer luxury;

It ain’t home t’ ye, though it be the palace of a king,

Until somehow yer soul is sort o’ wrapped round everything.


Home ain’t a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;

Afore it’s home there’s got t’ be a heap o’ livin’ in it;

Within the walls there’s got t’ be some babies born, and then

Right there ye’ve got t’ bring ‘em up t’ women good, an’ men;

And gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn’t part

With anything they ever used—they’ve grown into yer heart:

The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore

Ye hoard; an’ if ye could ye’d keep the thumbmarks on the door.

 This was my last picture at a Senior Assisted living facility.  Bobby & Violet  Franklin held worship there each Sunday for many years. The folks loved them. (drew this on black velvet didn't turn out so well!)


  Some might not want the entire poem, it does continue below. This was one of my favorite Chalk talks for kids. I started with “The House by The Side of the Road” by Sam Walter Foss.  Ending with Edgar Guest.

 Nite Shipslog

PS. Edgar Guest continues…..

 Ye’ve got t’ weep t’ make it home, ye’ve got t’ sit an’ sigh

An’ watch beside a loved one’s bed, an’ know that Death is nigh;

An’ in the stillness o’ the night t’ see Death’s angel come,

An’ close the eyes o’ her that smiled, an’ leave her sweet voice dumb.

Fer these are scenes that grip the heart, an’ when yer tears are dried,

Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an’ sanctified;

An’ tuggin’ at ye always are the pleasant memories

O’ her that was an’ is no more—ye can’t escape from these.


Ye’ve got t’ sing an’ dance fer years, ye’ve got t’ romp an’ play,

An’ learn t’ love the things ye have by usin’ ’em each day;

Even the roses ’round the porch must blossom year by year

Afore they ’come a part o’ ye, suggestin’ someone dear

Who used t’ love ’em long ago, an’ trained ’em jes’ t’ run

The way they do, so’s they would get the early mornin’ sun;

Ye’ve got t’ love each brick an’ stone from cellar up t’ dome:

It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love Edgar Guest and have quoted him many times. So much wisdom expressed in his words.

NanaDiana said...

That has always been one of my very favorite poems! I hope you and Sherry are doing well. Hugs- Diana

Susan Kane said...

That was fun!
What part of the world are you finding yourself?

Mevely317 said...

'Thumbmarks on the door' ... wow. I've never seen this poem before, but I love how it moves me.
Thank you for blessing me with this post!

betty said...

I am not familiar with Edgar Guest and his poetry, but I did enjoy this poem that you shared of his, Jack!!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for the poem, Jack. Also for your lovely painting on blck velvet. What a wonderful artist you are. Thanx.

God bless you and Sherry.