Poetry of Kansas
 

In Kansas.

Out in Kansas a man's a man,
    And does the best he knows and can;
He doesn't brag on his ancestry
    To make his folks out better'n they be;
He says his say, then he ups and goes,
            And out on the plain the free wind blows.

He doesn't bark up your family tree
   Nor sit back on your ancestry;
What are .you, and what can you dog
   And his keen eyes bore you clean, clean through;
Personal power, that's all that goes,
            And out on the plain the free wind blows.

Envoy.

In the East and the South
   They blow with their mouth;.
        In Kansas we let the winds blow.

__Hannah Rea Woodman.

Tumbleweed
Poems by Hannah Rea Woodman
(Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: A. V. Haight & Company. 1909)
Page 84

 
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