Poetry of Kansas


I am as red as blood
    And as white as snow
With brilliant stars
    Set in a field of blue.
I fly o'er lands
    Where you believe I can
I am truly just
    What you believe I am.
I am the day's work
    Of all women and men
And the dream
    Of the most daring man.
I am what you made me
    In the days a'gone
From Bunker Hill
    Down to Argonne.
Sometimes I am strong
    With pride when men
Do an honest work
    With hearts and hands.
Sometimes I am loud
    And full of glee
I wave for all
    That you hope to be.
My stars and stripes
    Are your dreams of year
The freest land
    In this hemisphere.
With a loyal courage
    And firm in faith
For peace on earth
    I wave tonight.  

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??) page 33

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April 12, 2005 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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