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Afterwhiles

James Whitcomb Riley

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .For my poor sake,
Our simple home a place divine—;
Just the wee cot— the cricket's chirr—
Love and the smiling face of her.

I pray not for
Great riches, nor
For vast estates and castle-halls—,
Give me to hear the bare footfalls
Of children o'er
An oaken floor
New-rinsed with sunshine, or bespread
With but the tiny coverlet
And pillow for the baby's head;
And pray Thou, may
The door stand open and the day
Send ever in a gentle breeze,
With fragrance from the locust-trees,
And drowsy moan of doves, and blur
Of robin-chirps, and drone of bees,
With after-hushes of the stir
Of intermingling sounds, and then
The good-wife and the smile of her
Filling the silences again—
The cricket's call
And the wee cot,
Dear Lord of all,
Deny me not!

I pray not that
Men tremble at
My power of p. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Read after Lauren M. blogged about The Scrawl

Some odd poems, some pretty good poems. He mostly uses hick-style dialogue, which is interesting.