The Pigs and the Charcoal-burner
- The old Pig said to the little pigs,
- “In the forest is truffles and mast,
- Follow me then, all ye little pigs,
- Follow me fast!”
- The Charcoal-burner sat in the shade
- With his chin on his thumb,
- And saw the big Pig and the little pigs
- Chuffling come.
- He watched ‘neath a green and giant bough,
- And the pigs in the ground
- Made a wonderful grizzling and gruzzling
- And greedy sound.
- And when, full-fed they were gone, and Night
- Walked her starry ways,
- He stared with his cheeks in his hands
- At his sullen blaze.
Peacock Pie, a Book of Rhymes. First published in 1916.
About the Poet
Sir Walter John de la Mare (1873-1956), British writer, poet, critic and editor. He wrote his early fiction under the pseudonym of Walter Ramal. [DES-6/03]