James Whitcomb Riley

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

A Noon Interval - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

A deep, delicious hush in earth and sky --
A gracious lull--since, from its wakening,
The morn has been a feverish, restless thing
In which the pulse of Summer ran too high
And riotous, as though its heart went nigh
To bursting with delights past uttering:
Now--as an o'erjoyed child may cease to sing
All falteringly at play, with drowsy eye
Draining the pictures of a fairy-tale
To brim his dreams with--there comes o'er the day
A loathful silence wherein all sounds fail
Like loitering sounds of some roundelay . . .
No wakeful effort longer may avail --
The wand waves, and the dozer sinks away.

Comments about A Noon Interval by James Whitcomb Riley

  • Susan Williams (10/7/2016 6:11:00 PM)

    I am all in favor of poets at play with words like they're fingerpaints:
    - - - -A deep, delicious hush - - - - -
    - - - -The morn has been a feverish, restless thing - - - -
    - - - -the pulse of Summer ran too high- - - - - -
    - - - -as an o'erjoyed child may cease to sing- - - - - -
    - - - -A loathful silence wherein all sounds fail
    - - - -Like loitering sounds of some roundelay...
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lovely words, lovely sounds, lovely images
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  • Mizzy ........ (10/7/2016 10:55:00 AM)

    Simply a Superb Sonnet! (Report) Reply

  • (10/7/2016 6:38:00 AM)

    The morn has been a feverish restless thing
    In which the pulse of summer ran too high
    Simply superb imagery displayed in this fantastic poem. Thanks for sharing it here,
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  • Fauxcroft Wade (10/7/2016 6:06:00 AM)

    Wonderfully sculptured piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/7/2016 5:28:00 AM)

    This poem is poetry in motion. A wonderful poem of day come and gone. PH excellent choice.

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/7/2016 4:46:00 AM)

    Superb, I join you to Congratulate you
    Awesome poem and you deserve this POTD honour. (Report) Reply

  • Dipankar Sadhukhan (10/7/2016 3:22:00 AM)

    A great poem..
    Beautifully expressed... This is truly a great work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/7/2016 2:56:00 AM)

    freshhhh m8
    this poem makes the water of my child flow like the mighty mississippi
    keep up the good work
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/7/2016 2:08:00 AM)

    With the muse of the wand waves of nature. Nice work. (Report) Reply

    Dani Ronckers (10/7/2016 2:57:00 AM)

    shit comment m8

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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