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CHILDREN OF CORONADO, by            
First Line: The seven cities of cibola rise
Last Line: They, too, shall die of thirst along the plains!
Subject(s): Cibola (mythical City); Coronado, Francisco Vasquez De (1510-54); Explorers; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers

The Seven Cities of Cibola rise
Across the western plains in mystic haze;
And men gone mad again, the weak, the wise,
Are roaming through a gold and turquoise maze.
They march upon adventure every spring
Where gas is capped, where oil flows smooth and black;
They see a wonder city perched on airplane wing,
Or glimpse one's shimmer on a railroad track;
Great factories build smoke against the sky;
Dream mists rise soft where hoofs of cattle beat;
While each man knows his heart a wanton spy
To raze, when found, the noble city, Wheat:
All these but fantasies of avid brains;
They, too, shall die of thirst along the plains!

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