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Comment 4 of 24, added on April 27th, 2006 at 8:52 PM.
I too am a resident of Indianapolis and have been a long-time fan of James
Whitcomb Riley. This poem was in my book, "The Complete Poetical Works of
James Whitcomb Riley." But the first two words in the book are, "Ah,
luxury!," instead of "Oh, luxury," which gives a slightly different feel to
the poem. "Ah" is more reflective and relaxed. Ah, luxury! is later defined
by the phrase,"And feel the best of life is mine." To him, true luxury is a
quiet fishing hole in Broadripple, whether he catches a fish or not. As
with all his poetry, you can almost feel the water on your feet and the sun
on your back.
Jim Doyle from United States
Comment 3 of 24, added on February 5th, 2006 at 2:31 PM.
Riley wonderfully describes one of life's simple pleasures; one that is
much harder to come by today, for most of us.
Lee Ellis from United States
Comment 2 of 24, added on December 12th, 2005 at 10:20 AM.
this poem told me about a dusty town and what he likes.
Steve Smolsky from United States
Comment 1 of 24, added on December 6th, 2005 at 12:14 PM.
As a native of Indianapolis, In. I have spent many hours on the banks of
the White River as it runs thru Broadripple. The poem truely reflects the
calming affect of the river as it passes what was a new and up-coming
suburb of his time, now a busy Metropolis. Still today you can drown a
worm, but you have to fight the Geese first.
from United States
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