Poetry of Kansas

Margaret

O daughter dear, I used to dream
      And fondly wish to know
How you would look and act and seem
      When to the teens you'd grow.
 
Now you have reached that high estate,
      And proudly cry, "Thirteen";
And still I long to know your fate
      When twenty you have seen.
 
And when you've passed your twentieth year,
      And twenty-third, and more,
I'll wonder how you'll seem when near
      To thirty and two score.
 
And even now my fancy peers
      Ahead, and pictures you
As you will be at eighty years,
      And even ninety-two.
 
But 'tis a joy to gaze on you
      And know you at thirteen;
And I think you'll be as sweet and true
      At a hundred and nineteen.

___John Edward Everett

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
Page 81

 
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