🌾 Today’s Poem ~ A Song of Singing

A Song of Singing

James Whitcomb Riley

Sing! gangling lad, along the brink
    Of wild brook-ways of shoal and deep,
  Where killdees dip, and cattle drink,
    And glinting little minnows leap!
  Sing! slimpsy lass who trips above
    And sets the foot-log quivering!
  Sing! bittern, bumble-bee, and dove–
    Sing! Sing! Sing!

  Sing as you will, O singers all
    Who sing because you _want_ to sing!
  Sing! peacock on the orchard wall,
    Or tree-toad by the trickling spring!
  Sing! every bird on every bough–
    Sing! every living, loving thing–
  Sing any song, and anyhow,
    But Sing! Sing! Sing!

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