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How Spring Comes To Shasta Jim
by [?]


I never seen no “red gods”; I dunno wot’s a “lure”;
But if it’s sumpin’ takin’, then Spring has got it sure;
An’ it doesn’t need no Kiplins, ner yet no London Jacks,
To make up guff about it, w’ile settin’ in their shacks.

It’s sumpin’ very simple ‘at happens in the Spring,
But it changes all the lookin’s of every blessed thing;
The buddin’ woods look bigger, the mounting twice as high,
But the house looks kindo smaller, tho I couldn’t tell ye why.

It’s cur’ous wot a show-down the month of April makes,
Between the reely livin’, an’ the things ‘at’s only fakes!
Machines an’ barns an’ buildin’s, they never give no sign;
But the livin’ things look lively w’en Spring is on the line.

She doesn’t come too suddin, ner she doesn’t come too slow;
Her gaits is some cayprishus, an’ the next ye never know,–
A single-foot o’ sunshine, a buck o’ snow er hail,–
But don’t be disapp’inted, fer Spring ain’t goin’ ter fail.

She’s loopin’ down the hillside,–the driffs is fadin’ out.
She’s runnin’ down the river,–d’ye see them risin’ trout?
She’s loafin’ down the canyon,–the squaw-bed’s growin’ blue,
An’ the teeny Johnny-jump-ups is jest a-peekin’ thru.

A thousan’ miles o’ pine-trees, with Douglas firs between,
Is waitin’ fer her fingers to freshen up their green;
With little tips o’ brightness the firs ‘ill sparkle thick,
An’ every yaller pine-tree, a giant candle-stick!

The underbrush is risin’ an’ spreadin’ all around,
Jest like a mist o’ greenness ‘at hangs above the ground;
A million manzanitas ‘ill soon be full o’ pink;
So saddle up, my sonny,–it’s time to ride, I think!

We’ll ford er swim the river, becos there ain’t no bridge;
We’ll foot the gulches careful, an’ lope along the ridge;
We’ll take the trail to Nowhere, an’ travel till we tire,
An’ camp beneath a pine-tree, an’ sleep beside the fire.

We’ll see the blue-quail chickens, an’ hear ’em pipin’ clear;
An’ p’raps we’ll sight a brown-bear, er else a bunch o’ deer;
But nary a heathen goddess or god ‘ill meet our eyes;
For why? There isn’t any! They’re jest a pack o’ lies!

Oh, wot’s the use o’ “red gods,” an’ “Pan,” an’ all that stuff?
The natcheral facts o’ Springtime is wonderful enuff!
An’ if there’s Someone made ’em, I guess He understood,
To be alive in Springtime would make a man feel good.

California, 1913.