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Kansas

By John I. Blair

(First Published in "Prairie Poetry")

Like a tired cookie sheet,
One corner bent
By accident-prone Missouri,
You center fundamental USA
(Absent disconnected add-ons).

Scratches, dust I know you bear,
Bits of crusty residue, hints of heat,
Sticky places that wonít remove;
But also there remains a trace
Of fragrance and desire.

So though itís been a lifetime
Since Iíve had the use of you,
Sweet memories forbid I should forget
How much I loved you,
How much I need you yet.

©2008 John I. Blair


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