by Sherwood Anderson
Men on the wet leaves kneeling.
The spirit of God in the air above a shrine.
Now, America, you press your lips to mine,
Feel on your lips the throbbing of my blood.
Christ, come to life and life calling,
Sweet and strong.
Spring. God in the air above old fields.
Farmers marking fields for the planting of the corn.
Fields marked for corn to stand in long
In the spring I press your body down on wet cold
Men, give your souls to me.
I would have my sacred way with you.
In the forest, amid old trees and wet dead leaves,
Men rising from the kneeling place to sing.
Everywhere in the fields now the orderly planting