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Highlights of Kansas City ~ Poems about the Places We Love

  HIGH LIGHTS  of  KANSAS CITY  

 

Illustrated Poems about the
Places We Love

 

A View of Quality Hill

THEN AND NOW

 
I walked alone on Quality Hill
In nineteen forty-five
Yet I was not alone for eight-
Teen ninety came alive.

The welcome door of each old house
Invited to spacious rooms
Hoop-skirted ladies and side-burned gents
From carriages handled by grooms.

A swish of silken skirts swept by me
Or was it only a breeze?
Yet I am sure I heard the talk
And laughter of such as these.

Yes, the blades are gone and the ladies, too,
That played on Quality Hill,
But as long as one old brick house stands,
Their spirits will never be still.

--Ada Newton Campbell.

 

HEART OF AMERICA

Up where Quality Hill with replacements gleam
I sit in an Autumn sun and dream and dream.
Time was when Old Westport was Port of Call --
Greater Kansas City was not known at all.
One point on the river was a Guardman's stand:
Easy to detect any renegade band;
Easy to relay a message of warning
Of mischief,if any were in the borning.
All the cycles of time were quickly ending.
Progress to her task was sturdily bending.
An embryo city was waking to life
Through a melee of wild adventurous strife.
It is hard to contrast our here and there . . .
Vision on wing and soaring everywhere,
Until Heart of America wears a crown
With reverential pride and world wide renown.

--Lucy W. House.

 

Highlights of Kansas City ~ Poems about the Places We Love

  HIGH LIGHTS  of  KANSAS CITY  

Illustrated Poems about the
Places We Love

Copyright 1945 by Mrs. G. L. Fullington.

 

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