Poetry of Kansas

Veiled Eyes

Enfolding darkness never born of night
    Has veiled my eyes and dimmed my sentient brain;
    Imagination languishes; in vain
I seek comparison, not knowing sight.
Were lilies cadenced harp notes, could the
    Roses be song, or vibrant poplars rain,
    Or sunshine permeating lute's refrain,
I then could visualize your world of light.
Your heaven, too, is strange, with pearly thrones,
    With golden streets, and gems of orient hues;
For gold and jewels are no more than stones,
    I crush frail color in the sunlit dews;
But when you say that peace and kindness blend,
And heaven is love, oh, then I comprehend.

Kansas Poets
Edited by May William Ward
(New York: Henry Harrison. 1935)
Page 169

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April 26, 2005 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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