Poetry of Kansas

My Pastime

I begin my hour with reading,
        Thinking deeply as I read,
Over what the author teaches
        And his theme;
Till my thoughts o'erflow my vision
        And I grasp my pen with speed,
To assay the truth in prose
        As it does seem.
Reading on and thinking deeply,
        Half unwittingly I scrawl
        Till my prose,
Moving slowly and in rhythm,
        Is no longer prose at all;
But unconsciously in blank verse
        Freely flows.
Then the rhythm moves more freely,
        Pulsing measures chance to chime,
Themes more beautiful and brighter thoughts
And I leave my good philosophy
        And lilt along on rhyme,
Thru the sunshine, while my muses
        Dally near.

__Colfax Burgoyne Harman


Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Page 108

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