Poetry of Kansas

Days We Remember.

Days that glide in an even rhyme
To which our feet keep steady time__
Be they in May or December;__
Days when life is a summer sea,
Whereon lie ships rocked dreamily;
Days when an easy round of care,
Is all the load that our shoulders bear;
Days that a calm succession keep
Of peaceful labor and peaceful sleep;
Days that serenely slip away,
With little of sorrow, yet scarcely gay;__
Are not the days that we remember.
Days that are fraught with throbs of bliss,
With love's caress, with love's close kiss__
Be they in May or December;__
Days when rush through our wilderness
Whelming torrents of happiness;
Days when the heart, in its joyous swell,
Beats and throbs like a festive bell;
And days, oh! days when we sit alone
With dumb, white lips that make no moan,
By close-sealed vaults, whose chambers cold
Our lovliest, dearest treasures hold;
When, as the heavy hours drag by,
We long__and long in vain__to die;__
These are the days that we remember.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 190-191

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