Three Poems


Away: by James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (1849 – 1916)

I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of hand
She has wandered into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
Its needs must be, since she lingers there.

And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
From the old-time step and the glad return-
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of there, as the love of here
Think of her still the same way, I say;
She is not dead, she is just away.

This poem could be recited at a funeral. The reason this poem would be good to recite at a funeral is because it is for the right occasion, has a strong meaning behind it and it is very deep. The poet explains that the person who has passed away is not dead, but is just away. The tone of voice that the poet uses is suitable for a funeral and the people who attended would understand what the poet is saying. This poem would connect with the audience very strongly.



Tin Wedding Whistle: by Ogden Nash

Though you know it anyhow
Listen to me, darling, now,

Proving what I need not prove
How I know I love you, love.

Near and far, near and far,
I am happy where you are;

Likewise I have never learnt
How to be it where you aren’t.

Far and wide, far and wide,
I can walk with you beside;

Furthermore, I tell you what,
I sit and sulk where you are not.

This poem would be good to recite at a wedding because the tone of the poem is mellow and it suits that specific occasion. The poet explains love and compassion towards one another. When the poet says “proving what I need not to prove, how I know I love you, love” he is trying to say that he doesn’t need prove that he loves her because she should already know that. The context of the poem would fit in great at a wedding and the audience would understand that the poet is trying to explain love.



Beyond The Years: by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Beyond the years the answer lies,
Beyond where brood the grieving skies
And Night drops tears.
Where Faith rod-chastened smiles to rise
And doff its fears,
And carping Sorrow pines and dies—
Beyond the years.

This poem would be good to recite at a graduation from a father or mother to a son or daughter. The poet try’s explaining that as the years goes on more things start to happen and life gets harder. The tone of speech that the poet uses is just perfect for that occasion and fits in really well.