Oh, I have skipped the grasses green and sailed between
Tree boughs which bounce and wildly spring beneath
My little nimble paws, and then I lean
And crouch, and sail again, leaving a wreath
Of falling leaves to crown the distant ground.
Oh, I have played a year of hours and days
With my comrades, till we have curled and wound
Above, below, through every tree and maze.
Oh, I have scampered, scuffled, skipped through
Each tree and leaf and hill and stuck my nose
Down holes, till summer’s old and autumn new,
And then I gather nuts the fall wind blows.
But when the winter comes, I eat and sleep
Until spring shines: then I shall dance and leap.