Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THOUGHTS ON THE LATE WAR, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: I was for union - you, ag'in it
Last Line: Durin' the army.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Army - United States; Peace; War
I WAS for Union -- you, ag'in' it.
'Pears like, to me, each side was winner,
Lookin' at now and all 'at's in it.
Le' 's go to dinner.
Le' 's kind o' jes' set down together
And do some pardnership forgittin' --
Talk, say, for instunce, 'bout the weather,
Or somepin' fittin'.
The war, you know, 's all done and ended,
And ain't changed no p'ints o' the compass;
Both North and South the health's jes' splendid
As 'fore the rumpus.
The old farms and the old plantations
Still ockipies the'r old positions.
Le' 's git back to old situations
And old ambitions.
Le' 's let up on this blame', infernal
Tongue-lashin' and lap-jacket vauntin',
And git back home to the eternal
Ca'm we're a-wantin'.
Peace kind o' sort o' suits my diet --
When women does my cookin' for me;
Ther' wasn't overly much pie et
Durin' the army.
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