Poetry of Kansas

The Sunlight Of The Soul.

If we care not for the present,
    And our thoughts are on the past,
And we know not of the future
   With its darkened clouds o'ercast:
When the storm-clouds of the present
   Darken all our hopes and fears,
And our hearts grow sad beneath them,
   And our eyes our dim with tears:
Hours of trouble, hours of sorrow,
Soon with splendor overcast,
Turn the sorrows that we borrow
   Back into the distant past.
Thus with past illumination
   Is our present hours made bright,
And our former darkened moments
   With a glory-wave made light.
Then the beauty of the sunshine
   To the present gives a glow,
As with misty gleams the future
Glances on the scenes below.
For our hearts must then grow lighter
    As we catch those pleasant beams,
And our eyes with light grow brighter
   With the soul's reflecting dreams.
And the storm-clouds that o'ershadow,
   Pass away beneath the rays
Of a former golden pastime,
   As reflected on our ways.
Teaching us that 'neath the curtain
   Where the darkness lurks within,
That our thoughts will cast a shadow
   Where the sunlight should come in.
Thus in moments when we're nervous
   With a care that few can test,
Then this sunlight that is golden
   Gives our soul its needed rest.
And our troubles quickly vanish
   As the storm-clouds backward roll
From the glory of the spirit,
   And the sunlight of the soul.

__James S. Jennings.

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)
Pages 55-56

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