Poetry of Kansas

To a Kansas Redbird.

With coat of brightest flame,
You're singing in the hedge,
All gray and leafless now;
Then through the frost-killed sedge,
And through the orchard bare,
From apple tree to peach,
You wing a graceful flight
Some half-hid bough to reach.
There, only partly screened
From watchful human gaze,
You carol forth delightful strains
All through the winter days.
No sweeter bird is there than he
To gladden Kansas homes ;
With scarlet coat and silvery notes,
Our prairies free he roams.
___Ad. H. Gibson
Barrington, F. H.
Kansas Day
(Topeka: Geo. W. Crane & Company. 1892)
November 15, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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