WHAT KANSAS MEANS TO ME

In Celebration of the Sesquicentennial Year

      Impressions of Kansas . . . .from Edwards County, Kansas

 

Sickle pulls in stocks

Combine moves across the field

Grain bin soon fills up

                        Anthony Avery

Wheat,

Have you met the valley?

With hills surrounding you,

Watching combines drive by.

Wheat in the soil,

Wheat all around,

Meet my friend the wind.

So freely waving through your beards.

Wheat,

Have you met my friend the rain.

                        Brooke Hattrup

 

Gaillardia                                                            Joan Weaver

Tractors

Plowing slowly.

Disking through the soil

Preparing the ground for the crop.

John Deere.

                        Adriana Flores

 

 

The tumbleweed rolls

Across the treacherous road

The journey complete.

                        Barbara Wing

 

 

See the green long stemÖ

Petals facing the bright sun

Out in the pasture

                        Alexis Harp

 

Meadowlark that sings

With such loveliness in all

Singing his song loud.

                        Shaysa Sidebottom

 

 

Walking down the road

I see the crops around me

Hoping it will rain.

                        Haleigh Ebert

 

 

Summer is hot and

Sweaty, like a crazy dog

Searching for water.

                             Elizabeth Avila

 

See the wheat growing

In the fields as you drive by

All sweet and golden

                        Krystal Ingvalson

 

Wind

Unexpected, dusty

Damaging, annoying, disturbing

Trees, air, violent, weather

Threatening, terrifying, shocking

Noisy, scary

Storms

 

Tyson Espinosa

 

Frost on Pampas Grass       Sheila Hinman

 

Great Plains

Flat, vast

Rolling, flooding, abounding

Prairie, steppe, limestone, gravel

Eroding, sloping, inclining

Grassy, rocky

Flint Hills

 

Taylor Habinger

It doesnít belongÖ

That old weeping willow tree

Among the wheat field.

 

                        Brandon Sanko

 

Rain,

Have you forgotten the fields?

The crops need moisture

Or else they will wither.

 

Rain, way up in the sky,

Have you seen the ground?

It is beginning to crack

Due to lack of your presence.

Please stop this game

Of hide-and-go-seek.

 

Rain,

Please come out of the clouds.

 

                        Domonique Marquez

Planting

Work, dust

Waiting, hoping, watching

Cutting, driving, listening

Fun, money

Harvest

                 

 Skyler Turner

 

. . . . I live in Belpre, Kansas.  Not really in Belpre, but something like two miles northwest of it.  My closest neighbor is almost a mile and a half away, so itís pretty uneventful where I live.  Thereís lots of wildlife though.  Just the other day, we had a coyote in our front yard, almost twenty feet from our doorstep. True story!  Our dog was going crazy, but heís a big pansy anyway.  And almost daily, we have at least three deer in our year.  Thatís the thing people from somewhere like New York City donít understand.

           The weather in Kansas is near impossible to predict.  One day it could be 100 degrees outside; the next, 20 below zero.  Thatís exaggerating, but itís true.  And the storms!  Almost five years ago, the town of Greensburg got wiped out by an EF5 tornado.  Thatís right, they had to make a whole new category to rate that baby.  We were in our basement for an entire week that year. . . .                                                                                                                                 Greg Newsom

 

Kansas nature is beyond imaging

With climates that will end as soon as it begins.

Land forms like a messed up carpet,

Flow over the state borders

Creating a throw rug of little towns.

Towns of big and towns of small,

Each unique as them all.

All filled with fields that flow

In such a soothing motion.

Corn fields and sunflower fields

Hover over old dusty roads,

Separation only by railroads.

Wheat fields changing from green to gold.

Creating a painting that is never old.

Wagon trails and history lay on the open plain

Surviving year and years without any change.

This is Kansas, a place where

Beauty stretches as far

As the eye can go.

                                            Kala Tiemann

 

 

 

Harvest is now here,

Oceans of wheat, whispering

Their little secrets

 

Laura Newsom

 

 

 

Hear sound of nature

Coming from many species

Silence brings the sounds.

 

Riane Carey

 

 

 

 

What Kansas means to me,

Is a lot you will see.

Wide open spaces

with lots of friendly faces.

 

The winter wind is bitter cold

and the cottonwoods are looking old.

The ground is dry and covered with dust.

Tumbleweeds roll with every gust.

 

The golden wheat blowing in the wind,

harvest crops just around the bend.

Combines cutting in the fields.

Farmers praying for good yields.

 

The elevator at Ardell

looks like an empty rustic shell.

No longer holding grain to sell.

They have done their job very well.

 

Cattle grazing on the plains,

hoping to find some grains.

Prairie dogs all around

Digging holes in the ground.

 

The star-filled sky at night,

is such an amazing sight.

You can hear the coyotes call,

if you make no noise at all.

 

Family and friends all gather here,

for all the holiday cheer.

Friends and family I like to see,

They bring out the best in me.

 

The flat lands of Kansas

are home sweet home to me.

There is no place on earth

where I would rather be.

                                        Weston Coss

PRAIRIE DOG

 

Pokes its tall head out

Looks around for intruder

Gone within a flash

 

Comes back for a look

Sees no intruders outside

Goes back to digging

Chris Black

             Big Basin                                               Steve Andrews

Meadowlark

Sweet, calm

Singing, chirping, flying

Yellow, bird, black, varmint

Lurking, spying, stealing

Large, mischievousness

Crow

Brandi Putter

Kansas,

Where we run free

Through big cities and small;

The beautifulness of it all

Is unique.

 

Ashlie Espinosa

 

See the buffalo

They use to graze in the field

Now they are fenced in.

 

Kyle Wilder

Down the old dirt road

No destination in sight

So just keep driving

 

  Terah Domme

 

 

. . . .Our state also has some amazing attractions.

A great place to start is the capitol building in Topeka, Kansas.

In Liberal, we can find Dorothyís House and the Land of Oz.

Dalton Defenders Museum is located in Coffeyville, Kansas.

In Cawker City, we can be amazed by the biggest ball of twine.

In the country, we can see the beautiful crops growing.

In Edwards County, we find the Civil War monument. . . .

                                                 Patricia M. Lujan

My home

The place I love

Where the green grass grows tall

You can always see the sun set

Lovely

 

Veronique Amaya

 

 

When driving down a dirt road in Kansas, the best parts are watching the wheat wave back and forth and seeing all the crops in the field.  You see the cattle grazing, getting big before heading to the feedlot.  Farmers have worked very hard for these crops and cattle.  We go out to grandpa and grandmaís house to see them.  We get together and have a big steak dinner.  That is Kansas--food that is made out of Kansas beef.                                                                                                      Nathan Frame

 
      Kansas People . . . .

Families and friends are reunited when gathered at the city parks to watch a firework show provided by the fire department during the Fourth of July.  Men gather in the early morning with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a newspaper in the other as they compare among one another how their crops are doing.  Residents gather around at the city hall to attend city meetings to discuss ideas on how to make the community betters.  Towns are small enough that everybody knows everybody.   We are all united as a whole whether we are residents from a city or town where friendships are made and trust is known.                                                                                                                                                                    Mayela Meza

Dorothy flies away.

Has to find her way to Oz.

Thereís no place like home.

                              Annie Eaton

 

We learn from our roots,

As Grandpa always told us,

Treasure what you have!

                        Shaylee Meyers

 

The Wizard of Oz

He controls what happens here

Making dreams come true.

 

Brianna Jennings

 

People from large cities judge

the way we live in our small town;

we donít pay them any mind.

We love our ways of living.

We arenít afraid to tell you our opinions

or how we feel about something.

We stand up for what we believe in.

                        Sarah M. Jennings

 

 

   Hoar Frost                                                          Joan Weaver

I am a proud Kansan.  It is a state known for the undisturbed plains, friendly smiles, and beautiful blue skies.  I know Kansas as a safe place to be.  I live in Lewis, Kansas.  I feel safe here. . . . I am able to go out and know that people I trust are around to help me if I am in trouble.

Aracely Martinez

Kansas may make you become an adult before you are ready, and it is this trait that helps people that come from Kansas be successful in the world.  Kansas teaches you that the world waits for no  one.                                                                                             Hayden Petty

I like the people of Kansas.  We are friendly people, willing to help those in need.  During the holidays there are numerous groups that collect food for the local food bank.  In Kansas if you have a flat tire chances are that someone will stop to offer their help.  You hear stories of farmers who have been injured and their neighbors come and plant or harvest their crops.

                                                            Levi Hirsh

 

. . . . The people who live in Kansas are also very patriotic, and are grateful for this country.  The Kansas people send care packages, letters, and Christmas cards to the soldiers overseas.  Some of the Kansas people have gone through the Greensburg tornado, and the people are grateful to have a new house and town to live in. . . . The Kansas people of small towns know each otherís names, and are normally on a first name basis.  The Kansas people know how to make each other smile and laugh.  They joke and kid around to make each other laugh, and when there is a serious time, they come together to pray to God, and the people become more grateful for what they have.                                                                        Amber Seevers

Small Town Kansasó

Only 400 People.

Home for the ones

that want to be someone in life.

Our home.

Itís our pride to be a Kansan.

We share our memories.

We are happy living in this townÖ.

 

Our town might be small

But we feel pride to live here.

Our people support one another,

Showing respect for their community.

We as Kansans work together

To maintain a spirit pride

And pass our heritage to the

next generation.

                        Arturo Romero

 

 

On May 4, 2007, a town a few miles away from Kinsley, Kansas was hit by a horrifying tornado.

It was a hot sunny afternoon, and I had been babysitting a little girl named Briseida since eight in the morning. 

    . . . . The sky was very dark and the clouds were moving like a herd of cows.

    . . . . My mom told us to go to the basement because Greensburg had just been hit by the tornado.  We have no family or family over there, but it was really sad to hear what had happened. A few minutes later we lost power once again.  That second right then and there I began to feel chills going through my body.  All I could think about was a tornado coming our way.  The wind was blowing so hard that I thought it was going to blow our house away before the tornado did . . . .

   . . . . Kansas is known for many things, but one sure thing is we are known for our disastrous tornados.                 Myra Ramirez

Ö.That night, the whole family was downstairs.  I stayed up, watching my dad pacing back and forth, deciding if he should go back to Greensburg to see what the damage was or stay with the family.   In the end, he decided to goÖ. It is the memory that I remember the most.  It was hard for everyone who was affected by the tornado, and it still is hard on everyone.  The reason why it is that clear in my memory is because that was the first time I saw my dad cry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clarissa Werth

Kansas we call our home.  To most people Kansas is just another regular boring state, but for my family and me Kansas is more than just ordinary.  Kansas has given us everything we have, and it still offers more. . . . I have lived in Kansas my whole life.  Often my parents have talked about moving to another state such as Texas.  My family and I always come to the conclusion that Kansas is our home and it will be forever.

                                      Angel Gardea

  Spring Blossoms                       Sheila Hinman

Most farmers in Kansas that I know donít get much sleep because theyíre trying to get work taken care of so they can make a profit.  Farmers raise cattle, swath for other people, bale for other people, sell bales, harvest corn, and harvest wheat and milo to make money.  Something good about having farmers in a small community is that some of the farmers hire teenagers over the summer so they can make some money before school starts up.   

Taylor Abel

. . . .Our faith develops into a spirit of generosity.

            We dust the wheat seed into the ground in September, believeing that the rains will come at the ďright time.Ē

            We gather as a community on Memorial Day to testify to the presence of patriotism.

            The flag symbolizes our values, a belief that those who serve out country deserve respect and recognition.

            We hold masses and prayer services for rain, believing that God will send at his timing the needed moisture for our crops.

            We share our gifts Ė financial as well as timeówith the needy around the world, but we never overlook the angels

                  who come to our doorsteps.

            Our faith states the principle boldly:  we share as God has shared so graciously with us.

                                                                                                                                                           Galen R. Boehme, Ph.D.

Jayhawk

Blue, bird

Soaring, winning, looking

Basketball, tradition, football, football

Leaping, clawing, seeking

Purple, cat

Wildcat

 

 Jorden Sones

Dodge City

Big, busy

Growing, selling, buying

Cattle, people, farms, animals

Growing, farming, producing

Small, quiet

Lewis

 

 Henry Holguin

THE SIDES

 

Eastern Kansas

Suburbs, cities

Expanding, changing, growing

Amusement parks, professional athletics

Feedlots, college athletics

Farming, hunting, fishing

Rural area, towns

Western Kansas

 

  Austin Ditges

". . . . I canít wait to get home.Ē

            ďHome is where the heart is,Ē Joe chimed in.  He was right.  Right now, my heart was still a few hundred miles away.  I couldnít wait to be back.  Even though I may have dreams of becoming rich and famous, walking on the red carpet with a supermodel or two by my side, one thing never fails to make its way into the fantasy: coming back at the end of a long successful career to live the rest of my life in Kansas, my home, my place of contentment.  Itís where my heart is, and will probably always be. 

            My farm was more than just a piece of land.  To me it was precious.  Home is precious to me, satisfying to me, and appealing to me.  That is what Kansas means to me.                                                                              Paul Kirkwood

Living on a farm has its ups and downsÖ.When winter comes around my family and I go out and chop down dead trees for firewood.  During the winter we always have a fire going in our house to keep us warm.  When it snows we go sledding behind the four wheeler or behind dadís pickup.  After we are done sledding, mom always makes us hot chocolate and dad has a fire going for us in the garage so we can dry off.  That is what I love about Kansas.  In the summers it can be hot and in the winter we usually receive snow so we can go sledding.                                                                                                     Alisen Habiger

Flat land,

Good for farming,

Tractors and combines too,

Provide food for us citizens

My genes.

                         Brittany Gleason

Kinsley

My familyís town,

My genealogy,

Six generations have lived here

My home

                       Coryell Deege

Small-Town Kansas

Some may say itís boring.

But we have our friends.

We have family.

We have activities.

We all have many kinds of fun.

                Cassidy Wetzel

Kansas is a very calm place to live.

You can go outside at night and watch the stars and sit on the hills and watch animals go through the fields.

 

Abraham Castro

Horse Thief Canyon                                          Joan Weaver

 

I may live in a small town

but I find it very comforting

because no one bothers you.

It is a very quiet town.

You can enjoy a very

peaceful day here.

 

Daisy Fuentes

 

Kansas is full of not only sunflowers and fields, but it is full of life.  The fields are not just for working but for teaching people.  The sunflowers show just some of the beauty of Kansas, and the people in Kansas make this state home. . . .Kansas means life.  It means growing up in a place where I have become accustomed to inner beauty.  It is a place that has shown me that hard work can take you far.  Even though it might not seem like it, Kansas has an ocean of its own.  Thatís what Kansas means to me.

                                                                                                                                                                             Haven Chambers

 

The environment in small towns in Kansas is enjoyable.  Everywhere you go in one of the towns you will see all sorts of wildlife.  The air is usually a lot cleaner, and if it is not cloudy you can always see the stars in the sky. . . . Many people in the towns enjoy this environment.  They do not want it to be destroyed; they do whatever they can to keep the environment around where they live clean.                    Jordon German

When I think about Kansas, hunting comes to my mind.  Everybody hunts or everybody knows someone who hunts that lives in Kansas.  Hunting is a big thing in Kansas.  You have all sorts of animals to hunt and they each have their own season.  My dadís family is really big on hunting.  My dad, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends all hunt.

                                                                   Jessica Hutchison

 

The buffaloes roam

Across the open prairie

They eat th green grass.

 

Eli Zwiezen

               Cheney Nature Trail                           Joan Weaver

. . . .There is so much history about Kansas that I love.  I have gone from seeing buffalo wallows in our fields to having our land farmed by GPS equipment. . . .My grandparents came from Germany, and I am so thankful that they chose to come to Kansas.

                Marcile (Kazmaier) King

 

        The summer time is the best season of Kansas.  The farmers are out in the fields trying to bring n the great Kansas wheat harvest.  The wheat fields look like a golden ocean to me as the wind moves through the wheat making it look like waves.  To me, Kansas is a way of life with hard working people and farmers and ranchers that try the hardest to make Kansas great.                                                Austin Wetzel

Bison

Big, Muscular

Chewing, Grazing, Relaxing

Quiet, Calm, Graceful, Quick

Springing, Leaping

Antelope

                                          Brooke Williams

 

 

Kansas is simple

Flat with some hills

No mountains at all.

 

Jo Rennaker

 

Kansas has little schools

But being supported we are mighty HUGE

Small but together large.

 

Jason Britt

 

Barb wire fence on posts

Against a far horizon

Kansas parallels

 

Jerry Weaver

Smile

Understand

Nature

Funny

Life

Original

Warm

Enjoy

Real

    Victor Ordaz

 

Kinsley

Intelligent

Never boring

Small

Loud

Exciting

Young people

 

Alees Cavender

Kind people everywhere

Amazing places

Neat and tidy

Some people never leave

Always friendly

Something you never leave behind

          Carley Deege

 

. . . . I like Kansas because itís rural; there arenít a lot of people.  During the summer time itís awesome because of all the crops that are planted.  You can learn how to do lots of things: ride a horse, cut crops with a combine, plant, drill, drive tractors, and cut hay.  I like wheat because when thereís a wind the wheat sways and looks like a yellow ocean.  The same thing happens with alfalfa, but itís green. . . .   Alonso Esparza

 

Snow

Cold, soft

Falling, blowing, melting

White, winter, right, summer

Glowing, blistering, blinding

Sunny, warm

Sun

Ana Ordaz

Kansas is the place to be

It has always been free

Since the beginning of the Civil War

Kansas let our flag soar . . . .

 

Kansas is 150 years old

This is what I have been told

Kansas is the land I have grown to love

I think it was sent from God above

                 Laurin Wagner

Kansas is my favorite state

The way that it changes shape

The way the seasons bring many thingsó

Autumnís cool breeze

Winterís white pastures

Summerís sunny fun

Springs abundant life . . . .

Corey Smith

From the wide open fields of golden wheat

Made to bread for all to eat

To the dry windy air

To whom most cannot bear

To the gorgeous wide open plains

Or the chug of metal trains

There is only one place for me

Kansas, Kansas the home of the free

 

Calvin M. Kauffman

 

The farmer has to have his harvest grow

His hopes and prayers in the ground he sows. . . .

When the wheat gets ripe, the combines begin appearing

        from sheds and farms.

Harvest is happiness that your dreams planted in the fall 

        have come to bear in the harvest of summer.

Dirt roads are full of men and machines

With their livelihood in the backs of the trucks

They bring in the harvest and the hope of another year.                      

                                   Conner Frame

Kindness to everyone

Anyone can visit Kansas

Neat sites of energy generators

Sweet taste of wheat

Awesome places to hunt

Sunflower, our state flower

            Gerardo Holguin

 

I like living out in the

country because it is

fun, and I can do a lot

of things like work,

ride four wheelers,

ride horses, raise cattle,

and farm.

Alex Gonzalez

 

Kind people everywhere!

Amazingly sweet anywhere!

Neat places to see and visit!

Sunflower is our flower!

Air is fresh and nice!

South wind is great wind!

Estephanie Gardea!

 

July

Hot, Bright

Fireworks, Pool, Blankets, Coats

Sledding, Skating, Snowing

Cold, Snow

December

Alex Herrmann

 

       Why I value Kansas, I do not know.  Maybe it is its beauty within.  The kind of beauty like the road that covers the soil that is under the grass that could grow, or the bridge that is over the beauty of the blue river, and sometimes even us who value wealth more than our Kansas.  We build over this Kansas I speak of, destroying our wonderful grassy plains, making what is less of Kansas, making it almost the end of our Kansas. . . .                                                                                                                                                                                            Margarita Holguin

Spring comes

Colorful, fun

Many flowers and bees

Butterfies flying everywhere

Flowers

 

Ada Holguin

 

A soft distant howl

Makes its way across the skies

The song of the night

 

Keagan Thorp

 

Look, the horizon.

There is nothing in my sight.

Why? It is Kansas.

 

Clinton Jones

 

I, the wind, softly

Singing my song peacefully

Swaying back and forth

 

            Jennie McReynolds

 

There is a wonderful state named Kansas

Itís a very calm, great place to live.

Itís a great state to grow up in,

Everyone knows each other,

Learning system is great

Kids are always safe.

Fascinating

Exciting

Peaceful

Sports

 

Clarisa Holguin

Home

Kansas

Memories

Finding yourself

Wind on the wheat fields

The smell of summer rain

Riding horses in the spring

Watching the sun set on the plains

Tumbleweeds flowing across the road

Appreciating quality of life

 

ReAnna Proffitt

KANSASí BUFFALO

 

So free as a buffalo

I roam and wallow in good humor. . .

If I just had pasture

 

Alex Baker

  

Buffalo

Strong, Majestic

Grazing, Running, Fighting

Grateful to be in the open

Bison

 

Zach Crockett

Kansas to me means that

Every person in the state

Is to be equal and no different

From your neighbors or friends

Kansas has always been a free state

And always will be because everyone

Is created equal doesnít matter the color

Of skin or your language . . . .

                                 Noel Hernandez

Ground Squirrel                Sheila Hinman

      

MY STATE

 

So calm is Kansas

I run and play in peace

If it could be calmer

Summer hot air

Like fire that roast wienies

And marshmallows to a crisp

Winter cool breeze

Freezing, shivering, warming up

How unique is they Kansas.

            Daniel Saenz

Kansas

Incredible

Never will get lost

School

Love

Excitement

Your town to live in

 

Lisette Garcia

Highways

Fast, long

Driving, sleeping, wrecking

Black top, pained, dirty, dusty

Cruising, smoking, laughing

Slow, calm

Dirt roads

Dustin Parker

 

Hot summer workdays

Refreshing lunch at midday

Rejoice at dayís end

 

Weston Schuette

 

 

Track and Field

all day, competitive

jumping, running, throwing

windy, hot, bases, signals

hitting, pitching, catching

gloves, bats

Baseball

Brad Newsom

 

Spring

Windy, Warming

Baling, Swathing, Raining

Easter, Break, Thanksgiving, Halloween

Farming, Raking, Color-changing

Windy, colorful

Autumn

Eduardo Gonzales

 

Kansas

The place I call home

Where the fields are filled with corn and wheat,

Traveling the long flat highway,

I can see miles of Kansas prairie.

Prairies filled with green grass,

A place for cattle to graze and grow. . . .

 

Josh Naber

Stop to look.

Dry fields and wheat harvest.

The horizon grasps the prairie.

The outline of grain elevators against the sky

Look like dead stones to the naked eye.

Kansas farming is a gamble

Worthy of Vegas.

Traveling the highways,

Wheat fields all around.

 

Thomas Cunningham

The Five Senses of Kansas

 

You hear the sound of the meadow larks calling on the plains.

You see the rolling fields stretching from the horizon.

You touch the newly planted wheat in the fields.

You taste the steak and your homemade bread.

You smell the fresh wind blowing in air.

 

Tehren J. Fairbank-Daubert

 

 

Living in a small town such as Lewis is a big difference. . . .

There arenít many people like in a city,

There isnít much traffic or many places to go to.

Itís such a small town that you know mostly everyone.

I learned that even though itís a small town

It can be fun in so many ways.

You can go walking around town without getting lost,

Itís safer for small children to go outside and play,

There isnít much pollution for the environment,

And you can always find something fun to do with the family....

                                                                 Dulce Parra

Kansas

Almost all flat

Numerous amount of wildlife

Such a beautiful plance

Amazing weather

Smack dab in the middle of the country

 

I love living here

Schooling is competitive

Great views

Radiant

Elegant

Agriculture

Trees are rare in Western Kansas

                           Phillip Werth

 

Football

Helmets, pads

Catching, tackling, running,

Touchdowns, field goals, baskets, shots

Dribbling, shooting, looking

Ball, hoop

Basketball

 

Tyler Michael Espinosa

 

 

When I think of Kansas I think of life,

I was born here and I tend to stay.

For, many more year to say,

I say itís home.

 

Haley Cloke

 

Kool

I love it

Nice town

Small

Little

Exciting

Your home

            Alexys Mitchell

 

Fields

Acres

Ranching

Milo

Irrigation

Never ending work

Grass

            Amber Espinosa

Box turtle

Slow, steady

Walking, peeking, eating

Perfect the way I am

Reptile

 

Ross Frame

 

Tractor

Slow, horsepower

Pulling, plowing, working

Large, cab, recreational, useful

Mudding, riding, jumping

Fast, maneuverable

Four wheeler

Austin Brake

 

Although the ground is dry

The golden sea of wheat

Waves hello through the wind....

 

Courtney Angelique Marquez

 

Small town living is oh so grand,

You can go outside, enjoy the air, breezes.

Free to roam, free to stay, never leaving,

Everyone wants out but when they go,

They want back so bad.

The dreams floating around at night, in journals

All the things I love about Kinsley,

All the things I love about Kansas

This is my Kansas.

Tiara Rutledge

 

 

The beautiful sunsets on prairie nights

Have to be one of my favorite sights.

For fun, weíll go hunting, set up a blind.

In church on Sunday, be quiet, mind.

In our small town the pavement will end

But the dirt roads go on forever to wind and bend

Out of all these things above

Basically

Kansas is the Land I Love.

 

Kristin Stiebe

What I like best about Kansas

I like the trees and open spaces.

I like the smell of the smaller places.

I like the taste of the open air;

I like how the wind blows so fair.

I love the storms with lightning grand,

And open nights where starlight comes first hand.

The full moon lights the night so bright,

It leaves fears of the dark out of sight. . . .

 

Logan L. Thorp

. . . .

Listen to the wind whistle through the grass and leaves

Beautiful music nature plays with ease,

The words of people you see on the street,

So friendly, respectful as you meet and greet,

The sunflowers growing golden brown,

Wonderful scenery all around,

I am proud to be a Kansan

Because itís the state that I stand in.

 

                               Camelle Deege

 Arkansas River at Garfield               Joan Weaver

 

Kansas is like a piece of paper:

Flat, plain, and in a rectangular formation.

Like paper, you never know what is going

      to happen.

Everything can change.

From being plain and simple,

To cover everything possible. . . .

People are like the lead and ink

That gets used on the paper. . . .

 

                                   Janee Morlan

 

PEACE

 

Long plains of prairies.

Calling my name so sweetly.

Youíre home, they say  youíre home.

I now know where I belong,

And it is here in Kansas

 

Akilah Robinson

Wizard of Oz,

Dorothy, Kansas

Skipping, singing, melting,

Tin Man, tornado, Gun Smoke, Boot Hill

Wind blowing, fighting, yelling

Cowboy Capital, Wyatt Earp

Dodge City

 

Kate Gleason

 

During a Kansas day

Thereís not a lot to say

About the way things change

On the old home on the range.

Working through our problems

But never running from them.

We represent us,

Never waiting for that Broadway bus.

We are taught to stay strong,

This is where we belong. . . . 

Chase Young

Kansas has great big lakes

Kansas has big beautiful lands and farms

Kansas has a small population

 

Kansas can have many tornadoes

Kansas has a lot of small schools

Kansas doesnít get much snow. . . .

            Carlos Alvis

SEASONS CHANGING IN KANSAS

 

Summer

Hot, windy

Farming, Swimming, Working

Alfalfa, Tornados, Wheat, Snow

Blowing, Chilling, Shivering

Gloomy, Dark

Winter

 

Gerardo Torres

 

Say hello to Kansas

She greets you with a smile,

As if she is a longtime friend.

She will grab hold of your heart

And never let go; not for eternity.

In infinite bliss you will learn

To love with compassion and care.

So say hello to Kansas.

Youíve always known her.

 

Lonnie Stiles

 

spring

warm, rain

flooding, growing, mowing

hunting, grilling, Thanksgiving, Halloween

raking, sweeping, working

beautiful, colorful

autumn

 

Austin Boggs

 

Running through wheat fields

Playing hide and seek with friends

Dark, lat, Kansas night.

 

            Ashley Michelle Heim

Running through many open fields;

Loving the way that it makes me feel.

Being able to reach out in front of me;

Being albe to smell all the wild daisies.

This is beautiful Kansas. . . .

 

            Brandy Marchell Zuege

Prairies

They are so wide

They have animals there

They are all over in Kansas

Fields

Dakota Ingvalson

 

 

HARD TIMES IN KANSAS

 

Summer

hot, windy

fields, pastures, farms

tractors, combines, grain carts, trucks

blowing, cutting, raising

snow, ice

winter

   

William Stegman

 

In the center part

Of the known United States

Lies in the middle

A place of peaceful harvest

Known as the Wheat State

Kansas

                Treavor Wright