Classic and Contemporary Poetry
SONNET TO THE JUNEBUG, I, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: You make me je's a little nervouser
Last Line: Up that eternal buzzin' serenade!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs
YOU make me jes' a little nervouser
Than any dog-gone bug I ever see!
And you know night's the time to pester me --
When any tetch at all 'll rub the fur
Of all my patience back'ards! You're the myrrh
And ruburb of my life! A bumblebee
Cain't hold a candle to you; and a he
Bald hornet, with a laminated spur
In his hip-pocket, daresent even cheep
When you're around! And, dern ye! you have made
Me lose whole ricks and stacks and piles of sleep, --
And many of a livelong night I've laid
And never shut an eye, hearin' you keep
Up that eternal buzzin' serenade!
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