Poetry of Kansas

This Life.

LIFE is a drama, and the world about
    Contributes to the glory of its scenes.
Oh, glorious life indeed is that of man!
    Each day presents to view some happy scene,
        Worthy the highest praise.
Or else perhaps a troubled sea may rage,
    Terror may swell the ocean of our way;
Horror may seize upon ourselves and rob
    Us momentarily of our brightest ray
        Of happiness and pride.
Perchance within a single scene of all
    The stages, or the various parts we play,
Some terrible or e'en unholy act
    Be done, while impure things we say
        Beneath strong passion's power.
Yet in the main each scene throughout the play
    Is filled with sunshine and the finest showers;
Each act as but the planting of some grain
    To quicken and burst forth with blooming flowers,
        And ripest fruits of love.
Fruit born to bless our patient toil and care,
    The rich reward to bless the laborer's brow,
To prosper here with all and give us hope
    To live, to do, and all our race endow
        With blessings that we've been.

__James A. DeMoss


Kansas Zephyrs
James A. DeMoss
(Thayer, Kansas: ___. 1892)
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