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Said the locust trees to the sycamore tree,
"You are one, but two are we.
It is not good to stand alone;
Go get you back unto your own."
To the locust trees said the sycamore tree,
"Heaven set me here where all may see;
My leaves are the swift rain's castanet;
As a harp for the wind my boughs are set;
From my topmost twig the redbird sings,
Below flits his brother with bluebird wings;
And in the shade I must spread at my feet
Prances the robin with motion fleet;
While for them and for you my pendulums mark
The lightfoot moments from dawn to dark. '
These are the tasks I am set to do;
For companionship Heaven gave me__you."
Said the locust trees to the sycamore tree,
"One are you, but we are three."

__Rose Morgan.

Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
page 134
August 5, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas /

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