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A Summer Afternoon - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley

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!


Comments about A Summer Afternoon by James Whitcomb Riley

  • Gold Star - 32,796 Points Savita Tyagi (3/14/2014 7:58:00 AM)

    Absolutely beautiful. Each and every word sprayed a mist of tranquility like a sprinkler in hot summer. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 173 Points Meena Mustafa (3/14/2013 8:11:00 PM)

    An excellent write. Enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 190 Points Karen Sinclair (3/14/2013 3:34:00 AM)

    Absolutely gorgeous. Brought visions is tranquility and just sheer self moments. I adore this so much! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. 3. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  4. 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
  5. 5. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  6. 6. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  12. 12. To Summer , William Blake
  13. 13. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. 14. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  15. 15. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  16. 16. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  17. 17. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  18. 18. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  19. 19. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  20. 20. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  21. 21. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  22. 22. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  23. 23. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  24. 24. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  25. 25. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  26. 26. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  27. 27. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  28. 28. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  29. 29. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  30. 30. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  31. 31. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  32. 32. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  33. 33. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  34. 34. Summer Evening , John Clare
  35. 35. Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  36. 36. 'Tis Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  37. 37. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  38. 38. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  39. 39. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  45. 45. Summer Song , George Barker
  46. 46. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Late Summer Fires , Les Murray
  48. 48. (end) Of Summer (1966) , Bill Knott
  49. 49. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  50. 50. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
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