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Country Riches

Last night, just at dusk
I sat in a lofty manner.
The sights and smells
were ones to make me ponder.

It wasn't crystal and china I saw,
nor rich perfumes that
filled the air.

No, it was none of these
I remember as I sat
in lofty wonder.

But cows,
brown and white
against a blue horizon,
grazing in belly deep grass.

A colt kicking and bucking,
in pure delight.
A dog barking
in the distant twilight.

mingled with new mown hay.
A fragrance like no other.

Natures treasures,
God's sweet gifts,
not the gold fools
go running after.

Country Riches was published in a collection of poetry by Carol E. Smith in 1978.