By John G. Neihardt
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Extra resources for The Mountain Men: The Song of Three Friends; The Song of Hugh Glass; The Song of Jed Smith (A Cycle of the West 1)
28 THE SONG OF THREE FRIENDS So up and down the wooded tongue of land That thins to where the rivers wed, awoke The sound of many axes, stroke on stroke; And lustily the hewers sang at whiles The better to forget the homeward miles In this, the homing time. And when the geese With cacophonic councils broke the peace Of frosty nights before they took to wing; When cranes went over daily, southering, And blackbirds chattered in the painted wood, A mile above the river junction stood The fort, adjoining the Missouri's tide.
The boat crews, lolling in a semi-doze, Still watch the herd; nor do the gazers dream What drama nears a climax over stream, What others yonder may be watching too. Now looming large upon the lucent blue, The foremost ponies top the rim, and stare High-headed down the vacancies of air Beneath them; while the herders dawdle still And gather wool scarce halfway up the hillA slumbrous sight beheld by heavy eyes. But hark t What murmuring of far-flung cries From yonder pocket in the folded rise That flanks the draw?
Glass or gourd, Shure, now, they're all wan liquor whin they're poured I Aye, rum is rum, me b'y I" THE NET IS CAST Alas, the tongue I How glibly are its easy guesses Hung Against the knowing reticence of years, To echo laughter in the time of tears, Raw gusts of mocking merriment that stings I Some logic in the seeming ruck of things Inscrutably confutes us I Now had come The time when rum no longer should be rum, But witchwine sweet with peril. It befell In this wise, insofar as tongue may tell And tongues repeat the little eyes may guess Of what may happen in that wilderness, The human heart.
The Mountain Men: The Song of Three Friends; The Song of Hugh Glass; The Song of Jed Smith (A Cycle of the West 1) by John G. Neihardt