James Whitcomb Riley

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

The Willow


Who shall sing a simple ditty about the Willow,
Dainty-fine and delicate as any bending spray
That dandles high the dainty bird that flutters there to trill a
Tremulously tender song of greeting to the May.

Bravest, too, of all the trees! -- none to match your daring,--
First of greens to greet the Spring and lead in leafy sheen;--
Aye, and you're the last -- almost into winter wearing
Still the leaf of loyalty -- still the badge of green.

Ah, my lovely willow! --let the waters lilt your graces,--
They alone with limped kisses lave your leaves above,
Flashing back your silvan beauty, and in shady places
Peering up with glimmering pebbles, like the eyes of love.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: winter, spring, song, green, beauty, alone, kiss, tree, water

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Willow by James Whitcomb Riley )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Poem of the Day

poet Joseph Addison

Salve magna parens frugum Saturnia tellus,
Magna virûm! tibi res antiquæ laudis et artis
Aggredior, sanctos ausus recludere fontes.
Virg. Geor. 2.

...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. If, Rudyard Kipling
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. The Angel, William Blake
  8. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  9. Drummer Hodge, Thomas Hardy
  10. Bright Star, John Keats

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]