Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 197
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: rain, restless, sadness
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Standin’ at de winder,
Feelin’ kind o’ glum,
Listenin’ to de raindrops
Play de kettle drum,
Lookin’ crost de medders
Swimmin’ lak a sea;
Lawd ‘a’ mussy on us,
What’s de good o’ me?

Can’t go out a–hoein’,
Wouldn’t ef I could;
Groun’ too wet fu’ huntin’,
Fishin’ ain’t no good.
Too much noise fo’ sleepin’,
No one hyeah to chat;
Des mus’ stan’ an’ listen
To dat pit–a–pat.

Hills is gittin’ misty,,
Valley’s gittin’ dahk;
Watch–dog’s ‘mence a–howlin’,
Rathah have ‘em ba’k
Dan a–moanin’ solemn
Somewhaih out o’ sight;
Rain–crow des a–chucklin’—
Dis is his delight.

Mandy, bring my banjo,
Bring de chillen in,
Come in f’om de kitchen,
I feel sick ez sin.
Call in Uncle Isaac,
Call Aunt Hannah, too,
Tain’t no use in talkin’,
Chile, I’s sholy blue.