To My Country Road to Grandmother's House.
Let's Go to Grandmother's House for a good time.
When you come to visit my home you will have to go through
two country lanes similar to these pictures.
In Springtime it is decked out in lovely dress.
Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons.
a Country Road
Stranger: Pardon me, old timer, but I am lost. Where does this road
Native: It don't go nowhere. It always stays right there where it
Stranger: Then could you tell me the way to the nearest town?
Native: I could, but it won't do you no good.
Stranger: Why not?
Native: You can't get there from here.
Stranger: You know what you are? You're ignorant!
Native: Maybe, but I ain't lost.
"THE CALF PATH"
BY EDWARD FUDGE
Through The Primeval Wood A Calf Walked Home As Good Calves Should.
But Made A Trail All Bent Askew, A Crooked Trail As All Calves Do.
Since Then Three Hundred Years Have Fled, And I Infer The Calf Is
But Still He Left Behind His Trail And Thereby Hangs My Moral Tale.
The Trail Was Taken Up Next Day By A Lone Dog That Passed That Way.
And Then A Wise Bell Wether Sheep Pursued The Trail O'er Vale And
And Drew The Flock Behind Him, Too, As Good Bell Wethers Always Do.
And From That Day, O'er Hill And Glade, Trough Those Old Woods A
Path Was Made.
And Many Men Wound In And Out, And Dodged And Turned And Bent About,
And Uttered Words Of Righteous Wrath Because 'Twas Such A Crooked
But Still They Followed (Do Not Laugh) The First Migrations Of That
Who Through This Winding Woodway Stalked Because He Wobbled When He
This Forest Path Became A Lane, That Bent And Turned And Turned
This Crooked Lane Became A Road, Where Many A Poor Horse With His
Toiled On Beneath The Burning Sun, And Traveled Some Three Miles In
And Thus A Century And A Half They Trod The Footsteps Of That Calf.
The Years Passed On In Swiftness Fleet The Road Became A Village
And This, Before Men Were Aware, A City’s Crowded Thoroughfare.
And Soon The Central Street Was This Of A Renowned Metropolis.
And Men Two Centuries And A Half Trod In The Footsteps Of That Calf
Each Day A Hundred Thousand Rout Followed This Zigzag Calf About,
And Over His Crooked Journey Went The Traffic Of A Continent.
A Hundred Thousand Men Were Led By One Calf, Near Three Centuries
They Followed Still His Crooked Way, And Lost One Hundred Years A
For Thus Such Reverence Is Lent To Well-Established Precedent
A Moral Lesson This Might Teach Were I Ordained And Called To
For Men Are Prone To Go It Blind Along The Calf Paths Of The Mind,
And Work Away From Sun To Sun To Do What Other Men Have Done.
They Follow In The Beaten Track, And Out And In, And Forth And Back,
And Still Their Dubious Course Pursue, To Keep The Path That Others
They Keep The Path A Sacred Groove, Along Which All Their Lives They
But How The Wise Old Woods Do Laugh, Who Saw The First Primeval
Almost there now just around the bend in the road!