Poetry of Kansas

A Ghost.

O'er this undulating prairie,
      Long ago,
Mighty waters marched with weary
      Ebb and flow.
Stately ships, perhaps, did wander
      Back and forth,
Mighty ice-flows drift and thunder
      From the North.
Now, where roiled that restless ocean,
      Long ago,
Tides of green, with ceaseless motion,
      Meet and flow.
And this gentle, mystic murmur
      Of the dawn
Is the voice of billows firmer
      That are gone.
And the wraith of that old billow
      Is the haze,
Floating softly through the mellow
      Autumn days.
Amethystine, when the golden
      Sun is low,
As the waves were in that olden
      Long ago.
Mighty plain ! where greenly waving
      Waters meet,
Thou art still an ocean, laving
      At my feet!

__Albert Bigelow Paine.

Rhymes by Two Friends
Albert Bigelow Paine & William Allen White
(Fort Scott: M. L. Izor and Son. 1893)
Pages 114-115
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October 6, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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