Poetry of Kansas

The Toll

The earth is a harp
And all must play
On the strings that vibrate
Night and day,
By the winds that blow
Across land and sea
That makes a tuneful life
' Neath the musical tree.
 
When we gaze beyond
The sunset glow
And view the clouds
That come and go
And the stars that sparkle
In darkest night
Bring peace and joy
To age and youth.
 
As you plod along
Be of good cheer
For there are others behind
With a load of care
If your heart is right
You need not fear
When the load is weighed
Gross or tare.
 
The road we travel
Is rough at best
Sometimes no place
To sleep or rest
The raich and poor
The blind and lame
Must pay the toll
At the end of the lane.  

The Plains Poems in Kansas
J. P. Dunn
(Independence: --. 19??)
page 9

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