James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

A Water-Color - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

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Low hidden in among the forest trees
An artist's tilted easel, ankle-deep
In tousled ferns and mosses, and in these
A fluffy water-spaniel, half asleep
Beside a sketch-book and a fallen hat--
A little wicker flask tossed into that.

A sense of utter carelessness and grace
Of pure abandon in the slumb'rous scene,--
As if the June, all hoydenish of face,
Had romped herself to sleep there on the green,
And brink and sagging bridge and sliding stream
Were just romantic parcels of her dream.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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