Poetry of Kansas

The New Youth

What though I build my idols out of clay
And cover them with gilt and gaudy paint?
Have you the right to give me other gods?
What though I fashion temples on the sand?
Is it for you to point out firmer ground
Until I've seen the lovely columns fall
And lie about me in their ruined state?

__Kenneth Cornell

Contemporary Kansas Poetry
Helen Rhoda Hoopes
page 32
(Kansas City: Joseph D. Havens Company. 1927)

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