Poetry of Kansas

The Living Mind

The mind is a living mirror
For man while here below;
It shines both day and night
Like the golden glow.
If we would look square in our
And view things as they are
We could avoid many trials
And console our aching hearts.
We should live for today only
Our yesterdays are past arid go
Tomorrow is not ours
In fact it may never come.
There is one thing, my brother,
Before we cross the ridge,
We must lie down for one night
Beneath the covered bridge.
Then why should we crave or worry
For things we have not got!
Discontent is sinful
And will not improve our lot.
We should not yearn f or money
For sometimes it's a curse
Happiness excels money
If in God we trust.

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??)
page 41

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