Poetry of Kansas

Where Quiet Reigns

Oh, peaceful farm where May's sweet sunlight
    And where the fragrant apple blossoms call
The busy bee to carry off its stores,
    How dear to me thy priceless treasures all.
For I was there when young, a barefoot boy,
    And learned to know and love each restful spot,
Each tree and vine and flower, and each nook
    Where cool soft breezes stirred when it was hot.
Along the river banks I strolled, where vines
    Embroidered leaves of green and flowers sweet,
And waded in the ripples by the ford
    To cool again my hot and tired feet.
Oh, peaceful farm where May's sweet sunbeams
    That teaches to the child Dame Nature's truth,
I love thy quiet, for each fragrant bud
    Calls back to mind the happy days of youth.

__Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
Page 147

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