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Bob Lind, Published October 03 2013

Neighbors: Reader thanks those who identified poem

Here’s a note of thanks to you folks who provided the answer to Don K. Johnson’s question about a poem he’d read years ago but now couldn’t find anywhere.

The poem’s title, as many reported, was “The Calf-Path,” by Sam Walter Foss.

Well, Don, of Fargo, is appreciative of your efforts.

“You have no idea how many attempts I made through the years to find it,” he writes. “I even wrote to Ann Landers one time, but of course there was no response from her because this wasn't the kind of problem she dealt with.

“It was the ‘Neighbors’ column and its many readers that finally came to the rescue, and for this I am sincerely grateful.”

So once again, neighbors, thanks for being neighborly.

Powerful poetry

Neighbors has carried several other items from people who learned poetry in school years ago.

They led Dr. Dave Fihn, Detroit Lakes, Minn., to write that he, too, had to memorize poetry in school, and recalls this ditty he learned there:

“I never saw a purple cow; I never hope to see one.

“I’ll tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one.”

And this one:

“Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot,

“We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not.”

Dave, a retired dentist, was born in Moorhead, lived in Halstad, Minn., for 13 years, then in Braham, Minn., where he says he had his “fling with poetry.” He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1957.

Neighbors thanks him for recreating those immortal lines for us.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com