Robert Kirkland Kernighan

(25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926 / Ontario)

The Sunny Side - Poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

Two newsboys stood where warehouse shade
Fell on the sidewalk chill and dun,

And left the long and splendid street
One half in shadow, half in sun ;

They saw the belt of color wide,

Then hied them to the sunny side.

Ah ! what a change ! They left behind
The chill of winter, dark and raw,

And stood a moment after where
The air is thrilling with a thaw ;

They glance where shadows chill abide ;

Then laugh upon the sunny side.

And soon adown the sounding street,
Their voices sounding like a gong,

They dart along with flying feet

And shout the welcome newsboy song ;

But thro' the city far and wide

They always keep the sunny side.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2012

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