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Clover And Sky

O blest is he whose sorrow
        Hath lasted but a night!
Thrice blest he whose tomorrow
        Dawns ever fair and bright!
Yet who, the wide World over,
        Could choose to sit and sigh?
With underneath, the clover,
        And overhead, the sky.
 
Then make no friends with trouble,
        And have no peace with gloom;
For surely joy is double
        When all the earth's a-bloom!
Look up! There bends above you
        The tender, sheltering sky.
Look down! And there, to love you,
        The clover, sweet and shy.
 
Last night the wind fell sobbing
        Against my window pane,
And like my heart's dull throbbing
        There beat the mournful rain.
But now the storm is over
        There's none so blithe as I,
With underneath, the clover,
        And overhead, the sky.
___Esther M. Clark
 
Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
page 81
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
 
November 3, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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