Learn More

James Whitcomb Riley

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

When Mother Combed My Hair


When Memory, with gentle hand,
Has led me to that foreign land
Of childhood days, I long to be
Again the boy on bended knee,
With head a-bow, and drowsy smile
Hid in a mother's lap the while,
With tender touch and kindly care,
She bends above and combs my hair.

Ere threats of Time, or ghosts of cares
Had paled it to the hue it wears,
Its tangled threads of amber light
Fell o'er a forehead, fair and white,
That only knew the light caress
Of loving hands, or sudden press
Of kisses that were sifted there
The times when mother combed my hair.

But its last gleams of gold have slipped
Away; and Sorrow's manuscript
Is fashioned of the snowy brow--
So lined and underscored now
That you, to see it, scarce would guess
It e'er had felt the fond caress
Of loving lips, or known the care
Of those dear hands that combed my hair.

. . . . . . . .

I am so tired! Let me be
A moment at my mother's knee;
One moment--that I may forget
The trials waiting for me yet:
One moment free from every pain--
O! Mother! Comb my hair again!
And I will, oh, so humbly bow,
For I've a wife that combs it now.

Submitted: Friday, April 09, 2010

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

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 (When Mother Combed My Hair by James Whitcomb Riley )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  3. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. A Smile To Remember, Charles Bukowski
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  8. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  9. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Anyone But You?, Michael P. McParland
  2. Another Year, Michael P. McParland
  3. Another Wish, Michael P. McParland
  4. Cop Killers and Killer Cops, Is It Poetry
  5. Another Night (Off To Sleep), Michael P. McParland
  6. Another Day, Michael P. McParland
  7. Hands on Hips, Mae AC.
  8. Hands in Pockets, Mae AC.
  9. Another Christmas, Michael P. McParland
  10. Anonymous Girl, Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]