Graphic from the book for the top of even-numbered pages

Pine Trees in Kansas.

"We go to rear a wall of men
    On freedom's southern line,
And plant beside the cotton tree
    The rugged northern pine."

The cottonwood, own child of radiant spring,
Stands all aflutter in its shimmering green, 
As not of Earth but of some realm serene 
Where Winter never comes, and Light is king, 
Whither its leafy pinions quivering, 
Its upflung boughs in their soft silver sheen, 
Seem ready to transport it when the keen 
Arctural blasts stop its brief bourgeoning. 
Behind it rise the pines in dull array, 
Dark wintry aliens in a sunbright land; 
Yet winter's strength their level boughs display, 
Strength fitted winter's tempests to withstand; 
And on them rests a glory past compare__
The failed hope of those who set them there. 

__Rose Morgan.

Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
page 103
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
September 25, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas /

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