Poetry of Kansas

Neewollah

These are not the same days
Nor the same Hallowe'en
Enjoyed by our fathers and
        mothers.
When they strolled up and down
        the beautiful streams
In the crimsoning days of October
In the days that have gone
        when we were young,
With no thoughts of today or
        tomorrow,
We rambled at, will
O'er plain, valley and hill
 
In the Hallowe'en day of October
With pleasure we view
Our Heaven and earth
And the herbage God tinted
        nature;
By frosts from the north
And the winds from the south
In the crimsoning days of October
 
Each bramble and bush
In silence is hushed,
Each bud is now closed for old
        winter,
At the return of spring
All will open again
To meet the lark,     the bee and the
        robin.
These are not the same days,
Though they bear the same name
        as the days
When we were children together
It may be that angels
Are culling them o'er
While we christen Hallowe'en
        "NEEWOLLAH."

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