Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
August 22nd, 2017 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 326,437 comments.
Joyce Kilmer - Roofs

(For Amelia Josephine Burr)

The road is wide and the stars are out
and the breath of the night is sweet,
And this is the time when wanderlust should seize upon my feet.
But I'm glad to turn from the open road and the starlight on my 
And to leave the splendour of out-of-doors for a human dwelling 
I never have seen a vagabond who really liked to 
All up and down the streets of the world and not to have a home:
The tramp who slept in your barn last night and left at break of 
Will wander only until he finds another place to stay.
A gypsy-man will sleep in his cart with canvas 
Or else he'll go into his tent when it is time for bed.
He'll sit on the grass and take his ease so long as the sun is high,
But when it is dark he wants a roof to keep away the sky.
If you call a gypsy a vagabond, I think you do 
him wrong,
For he never goes a-travelling but he takes his home along.
And the only reason a road is good, as every wanderer knows,
Is just because of the homes, the homes, the homes to which it goes.
They say that life is a highway and its milestones 
are the years,
And now and then there's a toll-gate where you buy your way with 
It's a rough road and a steep road and it stretches broad and far,
But at last it leads to a golden Town where golden Houses are.

Share |

Added: Aug 7 2004 | Viewed: 10953 times | Comments and analysis of Roofs by Joyce Kilmer Comments (7)

Roofs - Comments and Information

Poet: Joyce Kilmer
Poem: 2. Roofs
Volume: Main Street and Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1917

Comment 7 of 7, added on July 26th, 2012 at 8:00 AM.
shed roofs and frame

hi there dennis if your still knoking around here is the site
and details, there very helpfull ,tell them netsimsy give you there number

martinnitsim from United States
Comment 6 of 7, added on June 20th, 2012 at 2:55 PM.


kevinx55656 from Sudan
Comment 5 of 7, added on June 20th, 2012 at 11:48 AM.
best cold formed buildings

hello again matt sorry iv took so long i think this is the link
and details, there very helpfull ,say michael kemsons told you to ring

michaelkemsens from United States

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Roofs, has received 7 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Kilmer Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links