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Quote, June 1, 2011 - A Summer Afternoon

Posted by ejmoore510 7 (My Page) on
Tue, May 31, 11 at 22:44

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!

A Summer Afternoon by James Whitcomb Riley


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RE: Quote, June 1, 2011 - A Summer Afternoon

How timely! While it's still officially spring, the ninety degree temps today gave me just that feeling. Drowsing in a field in the midsummer heat. Thanks.


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RE: Quote, June 1, 2011 - A Summer Afternoon

I enjoy it vicariously - lovely and timely, except in my neck of the woods it isn't happening this season. o matter, sooner or later we shall experience it, I am sure.


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RE: Quote, June 1, 2011 - A Summer Afternoon

Perfect; ej...

Anyone who has not experienced that very afternoon,
still has a beautiful slice of poetry waiting for him.

Lilo; I would gladly send you some of this awful, awful heat----we apologize for stealing it from you when you were down at the hen house!!! :o)


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