Poetry of Kansas

Grandpa's Hour

In the evening's dusky gloaming as
the darkness settles down,
And I lay aside the labor of the day
at twilight's dawn,
Then I hear the voice of children,
trooping in they come to me
And I take them up to love them,
place them fondly on my knee.
Johnny, Madeline and Jamesie, Clyde
and Irene Rosemary,
And they fill my heart with gladness,
all the world is mine you see.
In their clubs some may take pleas-
ure, others linger o'er their
But with children all around me all
the world is surely mine.
Yes I know the day is coming when
no more their childish voice
Will to me at twilight's gloaming
come and make my heart rejoice.
But today I have them near me and
I bid the world depart
For they comfort me and cheer me,
fill the round tower of my heart.
Can I lose them? Never! Never!
though some miles may inter-
They are with me ever! ever! Mem-
ory is ever green.
Yes, I've placed a wall around them
and as long as life shall last
Time or distance cannot claim them;
in my heart I hold them fast.
And I know that in their memory,
Grandpa Sutton will abide,
And they'll pause as glancing back-
ward o'er life's way at eventide;
And may something I have taught
them find a lodging in each
Make each life more rich and noble
as they tread life's busy mart.

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Page 49

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