Poetry of Kansas
 

Sunflower Fields.

When I saw the deep blue ocean how sublime it seem-
    ed to me
As its white capped waves came dashing on its sanded
    beach in glee;
How imposing on its beauty__over earth what power it
    wields __
Fairer yet the seas of Kansas called her glorious
Sun
        Flower
                  Fields.
 
I have journeyed to the mountains, viewed their lofty,
    rugged crests,
Wondrous canons, snowy summits, where a cloudland
    softly rests;
Treasures rare of richest gold-ore, the vast mountain
    region yields,
But there's purer gold in Kansas in its golden
Sun
        Flower
                  Fields.
 
Grand and wonderful Niagara thrilled me with a strange
    delight,
Words cannot nor artist, picture all the beauty in its
    sight,
How impressive in its grandeur__majestically as each
    wave reels-
Still my heart retained its imprint of the glorious
Sun
        Flower
                  Fields.
 
In the fair and sunny southland where the sweet mag-
    nolia blooms,
And the bright hued southern flowers fill the air with
    sweet perfumes,
Beauteous flowers in the woodlands that a leafy bower
    shields __
But queen o'er all I'd crown the flower of the Kansas
Sun
        Flower
                  Fields.
 
I have heard the sweetest music in the brooklet rip-
    pling by,
In the rustle of the leaflets, in the flower's gentle sigh,
But the most exquisite music that the realm of beauty
    wields
Is the rhythm heard in Kansas in its waving
Sun
        Flower
                  Fields.

__Elva May Root, Atchinson.

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)
Page 67

 
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