Laugh at this grey town,
Dust lies thick; ragged trees
Streets lost—prairie seas

Unsoftened majesty
Wide streets end—wide earth begins
Sun sets; full moon-rise


Helen Santmyer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1895. She attended and later taught at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her poetry appeared in anthologies and journals, however her most famous work, And Ladies of the Club (Ohio State University Press, 1982), was published just a few years before her death in 1986.