Poetry of Kansas

A Kansas Shower.

Low and dark the clouds were threatening,
    The thunder rolled and lightning flashed;
Soon the storm burst in its fury__
    The large raindrops downward dashed.
Hard and harder beat the raindrops,
   Light and lighter grew the clouds:
Till the earth was filled with beauty,
   Wrapped in its beautiful green shroud.
Lo! the western heavens brighten,
   Clouds adrift do quickly come;
And upon us in its beauty,
   Bursts the full rays of the sun.
Beautiful does not express it,
   How can we make it sublime;
Like the bright and coining future__
   Bursting through the space of time.
How the hills and valleys brightened
   At the ever-we]come rays;
How all Nature reflected beauty
   In her one and many ways.
And the raindrops then descending,
   Looked like drops of precious gold;
The rainbow came in quick obedience
   To repeat God's promise old.

__Minnie Adell Gustine, Riley, Kans.

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)
Page 208

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