Poetry of Kansas

These Winds

They cannot tell me anything at all___
These reminiscent winds___as well as they
I know what twilit legends leaves recall
Fluttering down an unreturning way.
And far too well I know how silence aches
For lyric summers hushed to something less
Than any ghostly sigh . and how it breaks
The heart to recollect dead loveliness.
They need not bother to remind me of
Old grief blown down the centuries to strew
Their way___spent, passion-colored words of love
Like leaves for frailty . . . I know that, too,___
With all my summer shriveled to a husk,
And rain, like tears, staining the autumn dusk.

__Margaret Perkins Briggs

Contemporary Kansas Poetry
Helen Rhoda Hoopes
page 25
(Kansas City: Joseph D. Havens Company. 1927)

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