Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NEW HARVEST, by CULLY DRAKE KIRKHAM



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First Line: I heard an old man speaking to the wind
Last Line: "and his heart will run to meet a prairie wife!"
Subject(s): Harvest; Prairies; Plains


I heard an old man speaking to the wind
Before the geese went flying to the south;
I saw his trembling palms unbend
To pluck a grain left over from the drouth.

I heard him say:

"Summer is dust upon the prairie; the white oak bare;
Above my stubbled fields the black crows cry.
Lean-fingered winds tangle the sun's bright hair,
And one lean hawk keeps vigil in the sky.

"Autumn will gather an old man's dream
Will forsake his field, becloud his reason --
At the furrow's end I will put up my team
And turn this field to another season."

He spoke this prophecy:

"Next year, a youth with rich, red vein
Will break these stalks and will not know my strife.
His pulse will run to meet an April rain --
And his heart will run to meet a prairie wife!"





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