Poetry of Kansas

Answered

      She was so calm, so cold. A faint
Inscrutable smile mocking my wild protestations
Of love.
      Only the empty shell remained, the
Soul had vanished___where?
      I rushed out into the deepening, darkening
Twilight. I looked aloft and cried: Oh, God if
It be true, give me some sign, some token of
Eternal life.
      I listened breathlessly, but there was
No sound save the rustle of the wind swept leaves.
      I bowed my head despairingly, but when I
Looked again the Stars were out. The answer written
In the sky. The mystic, marvelous Milky Way in
Sinuous splendor shone and the Great Dipper blinked
Eternally over a doubting world.

__Mae C. Patrick

Contemporary Kansas Poetry
Helen Rhoda Hoopes
page 101
(Kansas City: Joseph D. Havens Company. 1927)

 
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