Poetry of Kansas

Lacelike Loves of Childhood

Lacelike loves of childhood,
Thin, white, unglowing,
Back they come to trouble us
Who love the fire and its burning.
They come in sharp angles
Seen through windy mists.
Lacelike loves of childhood,
Unsought, from far returning--
A copy-book and a blue ribbon,
Starched white muslin and little scared eyes--
Back they come to trouble us,

Kansas Poets
Edited by May William Ward
(New York: Henry Harrison. 1935)
Page 54

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