Poetry of Kansas

Kansas After Vacation

Now through the wheat fields, through the yellow wheat
That flows to meet the far blue-bending sky,
And past the corn fields gleaming in the heat,
Like emerald islands flashing swiftly by,
I come now from the cool majestic mountains,
Calm, rugged, lovely, full of peace, pine-tented
For housing beauty, from their silver fountains
And craggy peaks, and canyons, cedar-scented:
Home to a beauty brooding on the plain
Lovely as any haunts the mossy glen;
A beauty born of faith, long borne in pain;
A child of nature's grace but fathered by men___
A beauty hardly won, made thus our own,
Dearer than any bred of earth alone.

__Kirke Mechem

Contemporary Kansas Poetry
Helen Rhoda Hoopes
Page 85
(Kansas City: Joseph D. Havens Company. 1927)

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