Poetry of Kansas

An Evening's Stroll

When July's sun has spent her fierceness on
    The sweltering earth; I love to ramble then
Along the narrow banks of dear Elm Creek
    And be for one short hour a boy again.
To make the rocks skip o'er the waters smooth
    And see the frogs plunge from the water's edge,
And hear the gentle cooing of the dove
    Among the elms and from the distant hedge.
Oh, boyhood days ne'er come so near to me
    As in these strolls in Summer eve's twilight;
I view again the scenes I love so well
    And watch the gentle coming of the night.

Kansas Zephyrs
Ed. Blair
(Madison, Wis.: American Thresherman. 1901)
Page 92

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