Poetry of Kansas


Fair are the flowers and the children, but their subtle sug-
          gestion is fairer;
Rare is the rose-burst of dawn, but the secret that clasps
          it is rarer;
Sweet the exultance of song, but the strain that precedes
          it is sweeter;
And never was poem yet writ, but the meaning outmas-
          tered the metre.
Never a daisy that grows, but a mystery guideth the
Never a river that /tows, but a majesty scepters the
Never a Shakespeare that soared, but a stronger than he
          did enfold him;
Nor ever a prophet foretells, but a mighty seer hath fore-
          told him.
Back of the canvas that throbs, the painter is hinted and
Into the statue that breathes, the soul of the sculptor is
Under the joy that is felt, lie the infinite issues of feeling;
Crowning the glory revealed, is the glory that crowns the
Great are the symbols of being, but that which is symboled
          is greater;
Vast the create and beheld, but vaster the inward creator;
Back of the sound broods the silence, back of the gift stands
          the giving;
Back of the hand that receives thrill the sensitive nerves
          of receiving.
Space is as nothing to spirit, the deed is outdone by the
The heart of the wooer is warm, but warmer the heart of
          the wooing;
And up from the pits where these shiver, and up from the
          heights where those shine,
Twin voices and shadows swim starward, and the essence
          of life is divine.

__Richard Realf.

Kansas in Literature
William Herbert Carruth
(Topeka: Crane & Co. 1900)
Pages 39-40

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