James Whitcomb Riley

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

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

81. To Santa Claus 4/9/2010
82. Waitin' Fer The Cat To Die 4/9/2010
83. Want To Be Whur Mother Is 4/9/2010
84. Wash Lowry's Reminiscence 4/9/2010
85. Wet Weather Talk 4/9/2010
86. What Chris'Mas Fetched The Wigginses 4/9/2010
87. We Must Believe 4/9/2010
88. The Drum 4/9/2010
89. What Smith Knew About Farming 4/9/2010
90. What The Wind Said 4/9/2010
91. To Hear Her Sing 4/9/2010
92. Wait For The Morning 4/9/2010
93. To My Old Friend, William Leachman 4/9/2010
94. Them Flowers 4/9/2010
95. The Train Misser 4/9/2010
96. The South Wind And The Sun 4/9/2010
97. The Shower 4/9/2010
98. The Rainy Morning 4/9/2010
99. The Rose 4/9/2010
100. The Old Year And The New 4/9/2010
101. The Lost Path 4/9/2010
102. The Little Lady 4/9/2010
103. The Hoosier Folk-Child 4/9/2010
104. The Chant Of The Cross-Bearing Child 4/9/2010
105. The Evening Company 4/9/2010
106. The Boy Patriot 4/9/2010
107. Thanksgiving 4/9/2010
108. The Bat 4/9/2010
109. Robert Burns Wilson 4/9/2010
110. Philiper Flash 4/9/2010
111. Pipes O' Pan At Zekesbury 4/9/2010
112. The Way It Wuz 4/9/2010
113. The Same Old Story 4/9/2010
114. To The Judge 4/9/2010
115. When Age Comes On 4/9/2010
116. We Are Not Always Glad When We Smile 4/9/2010
117. The Sermon Of The Rose 4/9/2010
118. To Annie 4/9/2010
119. The Hoodoo 4/9/2010
120. The Little Town O' Tailholt 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • Catharine Dee (3/10/2012 2:21:00 PM)

    Date of birth listed above is wrong. It's October 7th not the 9th.

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  • Stella Mary (1/3/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    I read your poems and it was good.

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  • Tony Judson (9/15/2006 8:21:00 AM)

    James I read your 'poem of the day' and I think it is brilliant! your sense of rythmn & rhyme is beautiful and your poetic license with spelling and alliteration is superb.
    It makes wish I could have been the fly on the wall in a meeting between you and the late Ogden Nash- Keep it up Cheers Tony Judson

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  • Carolyn Binkley (10/6/2005 6:47:00 PM)

    James Whitcomb Riley is by far one of my favorite poets of all time. I love his imagery, his imagination, his rhyme and rhythm. And most of all I love his sense of 'simple' and his connection to the nature in all of us. He cleverly plays with that which is real, unlike Lewis Carroll who cleverly plays with that which is not.

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Best Poem of James Whitcomb Riley

A Barefoot Boy

A barefoot boy! I mark him at his play --
For May is here once more, and so is he, --
His dusty trousers, rolled half to the knee,
And his bare ankles grimy, too, as they:
Cross-hatchings of the nettle, in array
Of feverish stripes, hint vividly to me
Of woody pathways winding endlessly
Along the creek, where even yesterday
He plunged his shrinking body -- gasped and shook --
Yet called the water 'warm,' with never lack
Of joy. And so, half enviously I look
Upon this graceless barefoot and his track, --
His toe stubbed -- ay, his big toe-nail ...

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A Life-Lesson

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
But childish troubles will soon pass by. --
There! little girl; don't cry!

There! little girl; don't cry!