Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin

A Baby In The House

Rating: 3.0
I knew that a baby was hid in that house,
Though I saw no cradle and heard no cry;
But the husband was tip-toeing 'round like a mouse,
And the good wife was humming a soft lullaby;
And there was a look on the face of the mother,
That I knew could mean only one thing, and no other.

The mother, I said to myself, for I knew
That the woman before me was certainly that;
And there lay in a corner a tiny cloth shoe,
And I saw on a stand such a wee little hat;
And the beard of the husband said, plain as could be,
'Two fat chubby hands have been tugging at me.'

And he took from his pocket a gay picture-book,
And a dog that could bark, if you pulled on a string;
And the wife laid them up with such a pleased look;
And I said to myself, 'There is no other thing
But a babe that could bring about all this, and so
That one thing is in hiding somewhere, I know.'

I stayed but a moment, and saw nothing more,
And heard not a sound, yet I know I was right;
What else could the shoe mean that lay on the floor,
The book and the toy, and the faces so bright;
And what made the husband as still as a mouse?
I am sure, very sure, there's a babe in that house.
READ THIS POEM IN OTHER LANGUAGES
COMMENTS
Shaun Cronick 28 June 2020
One could argue that there is a large slice of voyeurism and a hint of darkness mingled between the gifted poetess's lines. I guess everyone sees something different and how they interpret things.
7 0 Reply
Shaun Cronick 27 June 2020
Is this a poem about a nosy neighbour or something deeper and much darker.
9 0 Reply
Ratnakar Mandlik 05 October 2019
A beautiful melody full of rhyme and rhythm and quite interesting story. A pleasure to read.
2 1 Reply
Ratnakar Mandlik 25 June 2019
A wonderful investigative poem about a baby hidden in the house and the tale tell marks that expose it's presence in the house. A pleasure to read.
2 1 Reply
Anil Kumar Panda 05 October 2018
Very well written and interesting poem. rhyming and flow are simply amazing. Enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing.
3 1 Reply
Aisha Masha 15 December 2016
Very well written poem. Babies change houses. They reorganize every person's activity in the house.
5 1 Reply
* Sunprincess * 09 August 2015
...very interesting....nice imagery ?
4 1 Reply
Juliana Galal 17 May 2014
I really enjoyed reading that :)
7 0 Reply

Delivering Poems Around The World

Poems are the property of their respective owners. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge...

3/7/2021 3:38:36 PM # 1.0.0.510