Ernest W.--Old Man Winter
Contact: Debra Foreman
----Source: Debra Forman Family Scrapbook
OLD MAN WINTER COMES HOME
The following poem was composed by Ernest W. Schumacher, a former well known resident of Humbird, Clark County, Wis., but for several years been located at Minoqua, Wis. The poem describes vividly a regular Wisconsin winter, but we are told that Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher are to miss the worst part of this one by spending several months with the daughter in California.
The wind does blow, the snow does fly,
The clouds hang low from in the sky,
The wages do roar upon the shore,
The white foam rides the water o'er;
No loon does ride upon the bay,
He has found a better place to play.
The chipmunk to his den has fled,
The wild geese fly high over head.
For soon the lake all ice will be;
The wood a fairyland to see,
Each bush and shrub all dressed in white,
Will glisten in the morning light.
The bear backs into his den,
To come forth he knows not when;
The nut-hatch and the chickadee
Flit about from tree to tree;
The antlered buck stamps the ground,
And with a snort a warning sounds,
As in the distance he can hear
The greedy hunter coming near.
Where this place takes is not hard to guess.
Yes, in north Wisconsin I must confess!
If there's a place more fair to see,
That's the place I long to be.
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