Old Woman Of The Roads Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


O to have a little houseA
To own the hearth and stool and allB
The heaped up sods against the fireC
The pile of turf against the wallB
To have a clock with weights and chainsD
And pendulum swinging up and downE
A dresser filled with shining delphF
Speckled and white and blue and brownE
I could be busy all the dayG
Clearing and sweeping hearth and floorH
And fixing on their shelf againI
My white and blue and speckled storeH
I could be quiet there at nightJ
Beside the fire and by myselfF
Sure of a bed and loth to leaveK
The ticking clock and the shining delphF
Och but I'm weary of mist and darkL
And roads where there's never a house nor bushM
And tired I am of bog and roadN
And the crying wind and the lonesome hushO
And I am praying to God on highP
And I am praying Him night and dayG
For a little house a house of my ownQ
Out of the wind's and the rain's wayG

Padraic Colum


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