A Kansas Shower.
The thunder rolled and lightning flashed;
Soon the storm burst in its fury__
The large raindrops downward dashed.
Hard and harder beat the raindrops,
Light and lighter grew the clouds:
Till the earth was filled with beauty,
Wrapped in its beautiful green shroud.
Lo! the western heavens brighten,
Clouds adrift do quickly come;
And upon us in its beauty,
Bursts the full rays of the sun.
Beautiful does not express it,
How can we make it sublime;
Like the bright and coining future__
Bursting through the space of time.
How the hills and valleys brightened
At the ever-we]come rays;
How all Nature reflected beauty
In her one and many ways.
And the raindrops then descending,
Looked like drops of precious gold;
The rainbow came in quick obedience
To repeat God's promise old.
__Minnie Adell Gustine, Riley, Kans.
Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)