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You’ll Know That You’re In Kansas…

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Sunshine
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0 posted 08-10-99 12:12 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when tornadoes come to town
and you’re out there with the video
to record the sights and sounds…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when you check the cows before the kids,
your car broke down outside of town
and the news got back before you did…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when family vacations are taken at the State Fair
when farmers are working late at night
and church is where people really care…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when Main Street is two blocks long
and you never have to ask the words
of the Jayhawk song…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when the wind is at your back, your front, and your sides
where there’s magic in the Land of Oz
and riding tractors is more than just a ride…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when you walk the unturned prairie grass
when geese are in the autumn skies
and the air is as clear as glass…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when you see the summer sun set
where prairie chicken are fine food
and deer come close to you yet…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when on a small hilltop rise
and you can see the grain elevators
fifteen miles away with your own eyes…

You’ll know that you’re in Kansas
when strangers wave at you
and you’ll be glad that you are here
among the chosen few.

10 Aug 99

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© KRJ
Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Tim
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1 posted 08-10-99 12:27 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

How I long to walk again, along a country lane,
To hear the song of meadowlark, its glorious refrain,
To see the fields of golden wheat, as combines reap earth's yield,
To smell the wildflower's fragrant scent, amid the unplowed field.

Can we return from whence we came, to visit once again?
Memories of a childhood past, my thoughts of lost somewhen,
A moonlit walk on summer's eve, beneath God's firmament,
All I have to do is dream, the memories remain, then back to Kansas sent.

State Fair is approaching...




[This message has been edited by Tim (edited 08-10-99).]
blueloon
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2 posted 08-10-99 12:28 PM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

Sunshine- you made feel as if I had taken a mini vacation to land I have always wanted to visit... Thank you for I wish I had pictures while I was there!
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Thanks, Tim, for adding your meaningful refrains, and to blueloon, who should read what Tim has added. Great state, hey?

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Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nan
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Nicely done, Sunshine - I clicked my heels three times, and there I was....
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5 posted 08-10-99 04:04 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I strive for compliments from Ms. Ness! Thanks!

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Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

elvira
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6 posted 08-10-99 04:07 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

though i did not grow up in Kansas, but rather in Europe...this poem reminds me of my childhood spent in a little town...playing in the fields, daring the cows, digging for buried treasures, and all those fun things kids will dream up...thanks for the trip down memory lane, Sunshine
Delores Hall
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7 posted 08-11-99 12:56 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

This was really good.Immpressive.Happy
writing.
Nicole
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8 posted 08-11-99 01:00 AM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Like elvira, I did not grow up in Kansas, but this brought forth some very fond memories of my childhood. What a wonderful piece! Thank you for posting this.

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"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with." *Mark Twain*
Tim
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9 posted 08-11-99 01:09 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

By the way Ms. Sunshine...
what is this Jayhawk song comment?
Go Cats!!!!!
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Thanks Elvira, Satiate and Delores, for your comments. I didn't think I would have so many replies. And Tim, I usually cheer for the winning team...I'm that much NOT into sports! But my step-daughter went to KU and is a practicing attorney in Hays...so there you have the saga, and much more than you probably ever wanted.

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© KRJ
Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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Sue
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11 posted 08-11-99 09:23 AM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

Thanks to these two poems I almost feel I've been to Kansas - and certainly feel I would like to go some day.
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12 posted 08-11-99 09:29 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This is a wonderful poem. But is it so much about Kansas as about a way of life? Living in a big city, I thought all these things were gone...I'm very glad to hear they exist somewhere over the rainbow!

Perhaps there's a subtle challenge here - we should all write about or home town/state!

Great job Sunshine.
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13 posted 08-11-99 09:35 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Sue, you are welcome to Kansas at any time. Tim will host the party.

PD, Kansas IS a way of life! Trust me! I'm a transplanted Californian, and would rather be here! I KNOW that's not the common thought...but again, you'll just have to trust me!

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Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

JP
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Sunshine,

You've succeeded in making me want to return to a place that I couldn't wait to leave. I kinda like my hills and pines, but a prairie grass song played by the instrument of the wind may indeed be a pleasant change for a while.

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Dum spiro, spero
JP

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ah Kansas....sounds delightful
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