Poetry of Kansas

To Childhood

O, little feet that dance along the way,
That eagerly go forth to meet the day,
If you could know that on the road you fare,
Trouble lurked, and anxiousness, and care,
If you could know the heartaches that await,
I wonder if you'd pause or hesitate?
Or would some fairy finger weave a charm
To lead you blindfold, safely through all harm?
Dear little feet, if you could choose the road,
Would you take ease, nor shoulder any load?
Or would your heart of courage make you strong
To meet life's problems as they came along?

__Gay Kenyon Martin

Contemporary Kansas Poetry
Helen Rhoda Hoopes
Page 84
(Kansas City: Joseph D. Havens Company. 1927)

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