Poetry of Kansas
 

To Pyrrha.

If days were always decorous and mild,
If nights were wet dark and strange
      and wild,
If flowers bloomed ceaseless through the
      year,
If woods were always gay and never drear,
If the river danced forever in the sun,
If songs of twitterng birds were never
      done,
This glorious world a wretched bore
      would be,
A bore insufferable to thee and me.
 
If you were always decorous and mild,
And never wicked, obstinate, and wild;
If only smiles and laughter through the
      year,
Grew on your life, and vou were never
      drear:
If shadows never immed your star-lit
      eyes,
If songs were always yours and never
      sighs;
You, Pyrrha, too, would be as much a
      bore
As other folks, and I don't know but more.
___James Willis Gleed
 
Sunflowers
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Pages 98-99
 
October 9, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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