The Mouse That Gnawed The Oak-Tree Down

A nice little poem seems to be just what we need today. I hope to get back to the Nature Site of the Week next week. I am still working the bugs out of my computer but I am getting there.

So here is a piece by Vachel Lindsay.  It features an ambitious little mouse. I think you will enjoy it.

The Mouse That Gnawed The Oak-Tree Down

By Vachel Lindsay

The mouse that gnawed the oak-tree down
Began his task in early life.
He kept so busy with his teeth
He had no time to take a wife.
He gnawed and gnawed through sun and rain
When the ambitious fit was on,
Then rested in the sawdust till
A month of idleness had gone.
He did not move about to hunt
The coteries of mousie-men.
He was a snail-paced, stupid thing
Until he cared to gnaw again.
The mouse that gnawed the oak-tree down,
When that tough foe was at his feet--
Found in the stump no angel-cake
Nor buttered bread, nor cheese, nor meat--
The forest-roof let in the sky.
"This light is worth the work," said he.
"I'll make this ancient swamp more light,"
And started on another tree.


  1. A little busy body, I will have to look up the poet.

  2. oh, the poem reminds me so well of Ratty, glad you are able to update this site. hope you continue to do well with the technical aspects of blogging.

  3. Why the mouse spent all its time gnawing the oak-tree.

    It must find a wife, and to produce more kids.

    To gnawing the oak-tree.

  4. Thank you to all. Out on the Prairie, Vachel Lindsay was a prolific poet with many good poems. Betchai, I actually chose this poem because of Ratty. I spoke to him yesterday and he is well but much busier than he expected to be. He misses his cyber friends. Rainfield, perhaps the mouse was an example of being too committed to only one thing and not being able to enjoy many things.

  5. Cute poem!! And the little mouse is cute also!!

  6. Thank you. I think field mice are cute too. It's city mice that somehow look less so.

  7. cute poem but not the mouse hehe, really scared with it.

  8. Mona, I have to admit that a mouse would not be my first choice for a pet either.


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