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James Whitcomb Riley - To a Boy Whistling

The smiling face of a happy boy
With its enchanted key
Is now unlocking in memory
My store of heartiest joy.

And my lost life again to-day,
In pleasant colors all aglow,
From rainbow tints, to pure white snow,
Is a panorama sliding away.

The whistled air of a simple tune
Eddies and whirls my thoughts around,
As fairy balloons of thistle-down
Sail through the air of June.

O happy boy with untaught grace!
What is there in the world to give
That can buy one hour of the life you live
Or the trivial cause of your smiling face! 

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: To a Boy Whistling
Poem of the Day: Jul 24 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on July 30th, 2012 at 9:17 PM.

Thought it would be ideal for a young boys photo page.
Reminds me of when I was young too. Well done

Sue Robinson from New Zealand

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