Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

My Home - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This is the place that I love the best,
A little brown house, like a ground-bird's nest,
Hid among grasses, and vines, and trees,
Summer retreat of the birds and bees.

The tenderest light that ever was seen
Sifts through the vine-made window screen--
Sifts and quivers, and flits and falls
On home-made carpets and gray-hung walls.

All through June the west wind free
The breath of clover brings to me.
All through the languid July day
I catch the scent of new-mown hay.

The morning-glories and scarlet vine
Over the doorway twist and twine;
And every day, when the house is still,
The humming-bird comes to the window-sill.

In the cunningest chamber under the sun
I sink to sleep when the day is done;
And am waked at morn, in my snow-white bed,
By a singing bird on the roof o'erhead.

Better than treasures brought from Rome,
Are the living pictures I see at home--
My aged father, with frosted hair,
And mother's face, like a painting rare.

Far from the city's dust and heat,
I get but sounds and odors sweet.
Who can wonder I love to stay,
Week after week, here hidden away,
In this sly nook that I love the best--
This little brown house like a ground-bird's nest?


Comments about My Home by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • (6/26/2018 7:15:00 PM)


    I love the poem mam, so beautiful (Report) Reply

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  • (11/12/2017 9:40:00 PM)


    whould you tell me what is the meaning of this sentece : Over the doorway twist and twine; (the second line of the stanza $
    Thank you
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  • Ruta Mohapatra (9/22/2017 12:27:00 PM)


    Beautiful and touching. (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2015 5:32:00 AM)


    home outside city is the best (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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