Poetry of Kansas

Fondest Hopes

The flowers and roses
    Will ever bloom
With open petals
    For bride and groom.
The winds will blow
    Their fragrance o'er
The graves of those
    Who fell in war.
Upon your breasts
    A cross I see,
Kind words inscribed
    For you and I.
Ye speak to us
    As if alive
Comrades while passing by,
    Keep Old Glory flying high.
Kind friends, your battle
    We fought and won,
In the famous woods
    Of Argonne.
For peace on earth
    We paved the way
And for tomorrow
    We gave today.
Today, dear sons,
    As ye glide
O'er the waves beyond
    The returnless tide,
A mother kneels
    Beside your grave
As her Fondest Hopes
    Lie buried there
And prays to God
    Who reigns on high
To keep you in
    His heavenly care.

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??)
Page 49

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