Poetry of Kansas

An April Rhyme Of June.

Wind and shadow, wind and shadow
    Pass o'er uplands brown and bare;
Violets sleep in the sleeping meadow,
    Wings are still in the silent air;
    June, O June, art thou anywhere?
Sun and shower, sun and shower,
    Last year's nests in the voiceless trees,
Furrowed fields under skies that lower,
    Roadsides barren of bloom and bees__
    June, O June, art thou born of these?
Yet the presence of some new-comer
    Thrills us, a prescience of things to be;
After rain come the scents of summer;
    Silence even is prophecy.
    June, O June, does it tell of thee?
Lay your ear to the earth and listen!
    Hark! the hum of the hosts of spring;
Southward dimly their banners glisten,
    Nights the smoke of their camp-fires
    June, thy soul is in everything!
___Arthur Graves Canfield
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Page 29
December 8, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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