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Meadow Lark and Prairie Wind


An airy flutter of slender, brown wings,
And hark! is it joy or sorrow that sings
In the one swelling note,
That trembles and thrills through the long-lifted
       throat?
 
A rush o'er the prairies, a sorrowful cry,
And the quivering grasses bow down with a sigh,
Stirred deep by emotion
That the wind sings and cries o'er the wide grassy    
       ocean.
 
A thrill of the heart, a tremble of grasses,
And wind-sound and bird-song a melody passes.
We puzzle long, but we may not know
If wind or lark first sang this song,
With its burden of exquisite woe.
__Ann Reece Pugh
 
Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
page 80
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
 
September 25, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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