O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather (1913)

"Those fields, colored by various grain!"

To the Memory of
Sarah Orne Jewett
In Whose Beautiful and Delicate Work
There Is the Perfection
That Endures

Prairie Spring

Evening and the flat land,
Rich and sombre and always silent;
The miles of fresh-plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.
Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight;
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity,
Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.

Part I. The Wild Land

Part II. Neighboring Fields

Part III. Winter Memories

Part IV. The White Mulberry Tree

Part V. Alexandra

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