Oh, give me the gray autumn winds of Kansas
That steal across the burnt sienna of tallgrass,
Down over rolling plains, close by the Ninnescah,
In November, in November, in gray November’s day.
I wonder if they would know me, those November winds
That ghost from river to prairie to grove,
Where dying Texas sunflowers await the dawning winter,
And Osage orange trees pencil black against the sky.
Oh, give me gray winds haunting shorn fields
And over the umber colors of the riverland grass,
When the sky cups over the brooding prairie world
On a day in November where the south wind dwells.