James Whitcomb Riley

Greenfield, Indiana
James Whitcomb Riley
Greenfield, Indiana
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A Summer Afternoon

Rating: 2.9
A languid atmosphere, a lazy breeze,
With labored respiration, moves the wheat
From distant reaches, till the golden seas
Break in crisp whispers at my feet.

My book, neglected of an idle mind,
Hides for a moment from the eyes of men;
Or lightly opened by a critic wind,
Affrightedly reviews itself again.

Off through the haze that dances in the shine
The warm sun showers in the open glade,
The forest lies, a silhouette design
Dimmed through and through with shade.

A dreamy day; and tranquilly I lie
At anchor from all storms of mental strain;
With absent vision, gazing at the sky,
"Like one that hears it rain."

The Katydid, so boisterous last night,
Clinging, inverted, in uneasy poise,
Beneath a wheat-blade, has forgotten quite
If "Katy DID or DIDN'T" make a noise.

The twitter, sometimes, of a wayward bird
That checks the song abruptly at the sound,
And mildly, chiding echoes that have stirred,
Sink into silence, all the more profound.

And drowsily I hear the plaintive strain
Of some poor dove . . . Why, I can scarcely keep
My heavy eyelids--there it is again--
"Coo-coo!"--I mustn't--"Coo-coo!"--fall asleep!
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Savita Tyagi 14 March 2014
Absolutely beautiful. Each and every word sprayed a mist of tranquility like a sprinkler in hot summer.
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Meena Mustafa 14 March 2013
An excellent write. Enjoyed reading it.
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Karen Sinclair 14 March 2013
Absolutely gorgeous. Brought visions is tranquility and just sheer self moments. I adore this so much! ! !
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Regan Fossen 14 March 2012
how wonderful, just brings tears to my eyes
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Regan Fossen 14 March 2012
such an inspiration! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Andrew B 14 March 2012
Regan, here i am! Add me!
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Andrew B 14 March 2012
Oh great! music to my ears! bravo
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Karen Deeks 14 March 2012
To lay within the countryside and slowly drift, where tranquility and a warm sun gently lulls one to sleep... I really enjoyed this poem... Not quite spring... Has me looking forward to the therapy that is summer...
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