Poetry of Kansas
 

Three Wishes, Service the
Last and Best

I wanted a fortune believing
That wealth was the surcease of woe,
And the wrinkles I got while
        achieving
Will always stay with me I know.
But the wealth I sought was denied
        me,
God knew it might only bring care
That whatever in life might betide me
He would strengthen and help me to
        bear.
Then I said just a home and my loved
        ones
That they by my side might remain,
But our country needed their service,
And I may not see them again.
So what is a home if the loved ones
May never return from the fight?
God gave them awhile then He
        called them
To battle for justice and right.
Then I said may their service bring
        freedom,
Through the ages to come may it last;
May the battle cry never be needed,
But be a thing of the past.
May this old world roll out on a broad
        plan of love,
Each country respond to the call;
For a world wide peace where wars
        will cease,
And God's love is sufficient for all.

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Page 37
 

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