The Day of Days

Edgar Albert Guest

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A year is filled with glad events:
The best is Christmas day,
But every holiday presents
Its special round of play,
And looking back on boyhood now
And all the charms it knew,
One day, above the rest, somehow,
Seems brightest in review.
That day was finest, I believe;
Though many grown-ups scoff,
When mother said that we could leave
Our shoes and stockings off.

Through all the pleasant days of spring
We begged to know once more
The joy of barefoot wandering
And quit the shoes we wore;
But always mother shook her head
And answered with a smile:
"It is too soon, too soon," she said.
"Wait just a little while."
Then came that glorious day at last
When mother let us know
That fear of taking cold was past
And we could barefoot go.

Though Christmas day meant much to me,
And eagerly I'd try
The first boy on the street to be
The Fourth day of July,
I think: the summit of my joy
Was reached that happy day
Each year, when, as a barefoot boy,
I hastened out to play.
Could I return to childhood fair,
That day I think I'd choose
When mother said I needn't wear
My stockings and my shoes.

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Comments3
  • collinphf9947

    WOW, THIS POEM REALLY TOOK ME BACK TO MY CHILDHOOD! I REMEMBER THOSE DAYS, BEGGING MY MOM TO LET ME GO BAREFOOT OUTSIDE AND ALL THE FUN WE HAD WHEN SHE FINALLY SAID YES. ITS NICE TO REMEMBER THE SIMPLE JOYS IN LIFE AND REALIZE HOW SPECIAL THOSE TIMES WERE. I GUESS ITS TRUE, THEY DON'T MAKE EM LIKE THEY USED TO.

    • rachele9535

      its amazing to see how "The Day of Days" by Edgar Albert Guest really captures thos carefree, simple days of our childhood. the excitement of going barefoot, i feel like im reliiving it all. beautiful poem by a truly talented author!

      • Symone

        I loved the line about "barefoot wandering"! 😊 Anyone else remember begging their mom for that? 🦢🌞