Poetry of Kansas Here & Now, There & Then

Before furrows by Farmalls, explorers came when stars looked younger,
Wanting better, homesteaders next, tender hearts to this open land, and
The forgotten from the crowded East, to weave their spark into the earth,
the sky, and prairie, quickened by fire to remove old grass, and field stones,

Picked out to plow a good life that too soon aged strong men and stronger

pioneer women who created hearth-cooked food and songs enough to

Encourage their ember into the start of stories, read by the light of kerosene

Lamps in sod houses on rustic family tables, the place for new births

Across the old plains, with the glow on their leaven faces

                            That became our own.

     — Dan Pohl

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    Before furrows by Farmalls, explorers came when stars looked younger,
    Wanting better, homesteaders next, tender hearts to this open land, and
    The forgotten from the crowded East, to weave their spark into the earth,
    The sky, and prairie, quickened by fire to remove old grass, and field stones,
    Picked out to plow a good life that too soon aged strong men and stronger
    Pioneer women who created hearth-cooked food and songs enough to
    Encourage their ember into the start of stories, read by the light of kerosene
    Lamps in sod houses on rustic family tables, the place for new births
    Across the old plains, with the glow on their leaven faces
    That became our own.
    – Dan Pohl

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