Poetry of Kansas

To Some Friends Made Long
Ago At Sea.

Dear phantoms of my summer's golden
    Across the gulf of miles and years I fling
    This ghostly greeting, trusting it may
No swan-song of remembrance, but redeem
One sweet and pleasant thing from Lethe's
    Ere it be swept away. Fond images
    Of the inconstant air! what sorceries
Shall I employ to make you what ye seem?
If, being dreams, I know that ye have
    How can I know less surely that ye may
Become again substantial, and within
    Some interstellar argosy one day,
No dear one missing, we may meet again,
    And read earth's tales to while the time
___William Herbert Carruth
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Page 113
April 15, 2004 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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