Poetry of Kansas

The Passing of Summer

Hush! Summer's passing!
      Through the ripened wheat
There comes the silver cadence
      Of her feet.
The mornings veil
      The loveliness of her
In sheerest webs
      Of fairy gossamer.
Hush! Summer's fading!
      On the withered grass
Her hurried foot-steps
      Falter as they pass.
Reluctantly she drops
      A paling rose
Whose beauty lingers
      As the summer goes.
Hush! Summer's dying!
      Spread a winding sheet
Of glowing autumn
      For her wearied feet.
The bright hills would have held
      Her, as she passed . . .
Hush! Summer's left us -
      Loveliest at the last!

The Call of Kansas and Other Poems
Esther M. (Clark) Hill
(Cedar Rapids: Torch Press. __)

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