Poetry of Kansas

Ocotilla

Only in the desert
Can you see a fence
Builded of growing ocotillas.
Each post top a flaming flower
The whole a bower,
Blooming beside the lonely "waterhole",
Where in the glaring noonday heat,
Sits a dirty old man.
Smoking, selling pop and gas,
And dreaming of desert gold and flower fences.

Kansas Poets
Edited by May William Ward
(New York: Henry Harrison. 1935)
Page 129

 
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April 21, 2005 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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