Poetry of Kansas

The Stain.

The stain is there,
An ugly one;
Black, blotched with
Dirty yellow, dingy red,
A hideous sight.
How stubbornly is stands.
I've tried to bleach it in snow and sun,
And weathered it in rain.
Yet it is there.
Dyed fast in the fabric,
A maddening thing to me   .   .   .
Yet I am told what others see
Is handsome variegated silk.

__Mary Edmonds.

Kansas Poets
Edited by May William Ward
(New York: Henry Harrison. 1935)
Pages 71-72

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April 11, 2005 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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