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Color Effect
William Henry Dawson


Have you noticed that some colors
Really grate upon your nerves,
Till you feel just like the pitcher
Looks when he is twirling curves,
Trying hard to fan the batter,
Causing him to pound the air—
Feeling for the little bullet
Just to find it was not there?
Other colors set you frantic,
Calling back your childhood days,
When you cut some funny antic,
Or engaged in childish plays.
Others set the pumps agoing,
And the fountain of your tears
Starts, in spite of you, to flowing
Like it flowed in other years.
But the one that really thrills your
Heart until you want to sing,
Is the red which you discovered,
When a boy, in blackbird's wing.

This poem is in the public domain.



William Henry Dawson (1853 or 1865 -1928) was an American poet who authored at least two books. Despite extensive research, we have been unable to locate an image or any biographical details, other than a statement in Sunshine of Hope and Other Poems which suggests that proceeds from the sale of that book were donated to the Modern Woodmen Sanatorium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to aid in tuberculosis research.



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Janet A Leahy:
Yes, "the fountain of your tears" that is what happens to me . . . Just a lovely poem, and a perfect ending.
Posted 03/07/2023 11:49 AM
Love the old rhyming poems!!! Thanks, Jayne!!
Posted 03/07/2023 10:50 AM
Good find, Jayne.
Posted 03/07/2023 09:58 AM
I was at bat and pounded the air.
Posted 03/07/2023 09:46 AM
Angela Hoffman:
I love how each reader can conjure up the color that fits each description until the very end. Ah- the blackbird's wing.
Posted 03/07/2023 08:49 AM
Darrell Arnold:
There is also red in the shaft of a flicker's wings, and there is iridescent blue on the belly of a fence lizard, and there is glorious green on the wings of a teal, and brilliant yellow on the head of the yellow-headed blackbird, and almost too many colors to count on a wood duck. How I do so love nature's painted critters!
Posted 03/07/2023 08:42 AM
Wilda Morris:
Yes, the red in blackbird wings!
Posted 03/07/2023 08:18 AM
Larry Schug:
A poem of insight,awe, and honest self-discovery very well portrayed.
Posted 03/07/2023 07:39 AM

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