Franklin Pierce Adams

(15 November 1881 – 23 March 1960 / Chicago, Illinois)

Lines Written On The Sunny Side Of Frankfort Street - Poem by Franklin Pierce Adams

Sporting with Amaryllis in the shade,
(I credit Milton in parenthesis),
Among the speculations that she made
Was this:

"When"--these her very words--"when you return,
A slave to duty's harsh commanding call,
Will you, I wonder, ever sigh and yearn
At all?"

Doubt, honest doubt, sat then upon my brow.
(Emotion is a thing I do not plan).
I could not fairly answer then, but now
I can.

Yes, Amaryllis, I can tell you this,
Can answer publicly and unafraid:
You haven't any notion how I miss
The shade.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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