Poetry of Kansas

Evening Reverie

Today the golden setting sun
      Once more has sunk from view,
And I have thought, is the day well
      Have I in all things been true ?
Have I done my work well?
      And been kind to all?
From unkindness have I been free?
      Is there one cross word
I would gladly recall?
      This my evening reverie
May I meet with joy the morrow,
      Resolving again to be true.
Will there be no sadness or sorrow,
      Of this day past from view?
Will I spend the day in a kindly way,
      Forgive and he of good cheer?
May I gain power in each trying
      On each cloud may a rainbow
Then again as at evening I ponder,
      Of another day just spent;
With weal or woe as I onward go,
      Of the blessings to me lent,
And of the talents I receive,
      May I a true servant prove;
And give God more than I have
      I gave Him my heart and love.

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Page 32

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