Poetry of Kansas

Paw-Hus-Ka

Tall plumes of Sprimg
In rows and rows,
Like angels dressed
In their ascension clothes
To protect the ideal park that lies
Incompassed by the hills and sky.
This, land was deeded by Uncle Sam
To Paw-hus-ka and his noble band,
To hold as long as grass will grow
O'er the Osage hills and valleys, too
And fire will burn on Earth below,
And the rain from Heaven make
        water flow.
 
Paw-hus-ka was a chieftain brave,
His hair was silvery gray
He has heard wolves bark boldly
Before the midnight rain;
He has seen the elms waving
Along the uneven streams,
And the stately oak and maple
Cast their shadow o'er the scene
From a wigwam in the valley
And a hillside dugout shack,
To commemorate his name and memory,
Stands Pawhuska the finest city in
        the Osage land.

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??)
Page 53

 
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