Poetry of Kansas

Probably Not.

My ships may come in from the sea,
Laden with wealth untold,
And bringing it all to me___
Spices, and pearls, and gold,
    In many a rich ingot___
    But___probably not.
 
The castles I build in Spain,
That a breath so topples o'er,
And which daily I rear again,
May stand, and fall no more___
    By destroying winds forgot___
    But___probably not.
 
I may find the shackles of care
That fetter my aching wing,
While I long to cleave the air,
And wildly to soar and sing,
    Lifted from off my lot___
    But___probably not.
 
 
The heights to which I aspire___
I may reach them by and by;
And that which I most desire___
I may clasp it before I die,
    With the longing and pain forgot___
    But___probably not.
 
I may find on life's battle field,
Ere the going down of the sun,
A place to lay down my shield,
With the struggle over and done___
    Some peaceful and sheltered spot.___
    But___probably not.
 
I may find how, without loss,
I can lay my burdens down;
Some way to elude the cross,
And yet to deserve the crown
    Which falls to the conqueror's lot___
    But___probably not.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 235-236

 
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