Poetry of Kansas

Lady Autumn

    Willful Lady Autumn
        Coming down the lane;
    Here, a glint of sunshine,
        There, a gust Of rain,
And a stray wind a-whimpering against the window pane.
 
    Lovelier and wilder
        In her tawny gown,
    Bordered 'round with yellow,
        Red and russet-brown,
Than ever Lady Summer was, when she came back to town.
 
    Grayer are her skies than
        Summer's ever known;
    In the wind's deep voice there
        Comes a fretful tone;
And here are scarlet berries where a rose once held her own.
 
    Softly, Lady Autumn,
        Go by hill and glade,
    In your gypsy colors
        Flauntingly arrayed:
Of just such transient beauty Lady Summer's grave was made.
 

The Call of Kansas and Other Poems
Esther M. (Clark) Hill
(Cedar Rapids: Torch Press. __)
Page 33

 
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