Some of the young boys in this old school
didn't get to finish their education.
Had to leave early to help on the farm;
to groom, plant, irrigate and harvest
these long, flat fields in Kansas;
these long acres of bountiful wheat.
With dedication, grit and loyalty,
they persevered on the prairie,
fulfilling their obligations
to family survival.
Maybe returned to class for the winter.
Perhaps paid the price for their sacrifice.
You can still find them today, standing out in their fields,
looking back at the long horizon of yesterday.
© 2017 Richard Havenga
Photo Location: 1896 Schoolhouse ~ District 84 ~ Marion County, Kansas