Poetry of Kansas

Life Was A Typhoon.

Had life not urged, I might have
      been a Sufi
    On star-dim nights beside a lily
Shriving the souls of those who
      crossed the desert,
    Seeking the palm tree and the
      fountain cool.
Had life not urged, I might have
      been a seer
    Foretelling destinies of distant
If I had not been lured from quiet
    By desert winds and wide insist-
      ent sands.
Life was a typhoon wind that blew
      me guideless,
Life was a typhoon tide that swept
      me bare,
This much is left of all its rosy
   Sands, sands of time, eternities
       of air.

__Elizabeth N. Barr.

The High Winds of Home
Elizabeth N. Barr
(Olathe: privately published. 1922)
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