James Whitcomb Riley

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

From The Headboard Of A Grave In Paraguay - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

A troth, and a grief, and a blessing,
Disguised them and came this way--,
And one was a promise, and one was a doubt,
And one was a rainy day.

And they met betimes with this maiden,
And the promise it spake and lied,
And the doubt it gibbered and hugged itself,
And the rainy day-- she died.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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